Standing room only
THE Geneva motor show is known for the weird on wheels, but at least one car got a standing ovation— and we’re not referring to Ferrari’s first hybrid supercar (see page
X). Oddball Swiss company Rinspeed has created a tiny car that has standing room only.
It fits in the same size parking space as a Mini Cooper but, at 2.2m high, is as tall as a van. The MicroMax braces drivers and occupants in upright positions to comfortably fit four people into the smallest car possible.
The car’s compact dimensions are designed to beat traffic congestion and solve parking problems.
But given that you’re standing, you may be no better off than if you were travelling on a crowded train.
The MicroMax is powered by a 32kW electric motor from a forklift, and the car emits a hum to warn pedestrians it’s approaching.
Although it is designed as commuter transport, this topsy-turvy vehicle has a top speed of 95km/h.
Rinspeed says: ‘‘ This ingenious commuter vehicle merges personal and public transportation in very clever fashion.’’
In other words, it’s a small personal tram you can park yourself. Come to think of it, you’re not restricted to tram tracks either.
As in all concept car promises these days, the MicroMax also has a social media network, except this one may have some merit. It allows people to hitch a ride. Subscribers to ‘‘ urban swarm’’ can plot their destination in the hope that someone in a MicroMax is going their way.
But don’t rush to a dealership or download the mobile phone app just yet, though. For now it is just a motor show tease. This reporter isonTwitter:
Compact: Rinspeed’s MicroMax is designed to beat traffic congestion and solve parking problems