Lane Splitter — together it’s a car, apart it’s two commuter bikes
IF you share a car with your other half then there’s bound to come a time when you both need to use it for different reasons.
Well, a new concept design would mean that you could. The Lane Splitter is a car that splits apart and becomes two motorbikes.
The idea for the unusual design came from Fast Company’s Mark Wilson, and was distilled into renderings by product design firm Argodesign. Wilson says the aim was to create something that could provide the social experience of a car, but that could be a sporty personal urban transport vehicle too.
As with many concept designs, the Lane Splitter is more a flight of fancy than an exercise in practicality. It is 128 in (325 cm) long and, when in car-mode, takes the form of a buggy-like vehicle. Inspiration for the design came from as varied places as the Batman Tumbler and the work of Syd Mead. When its two halves are separated, it becomes two closed-top motorbikes.
In order to achieve a flush fit between the two sections, but to avoid a “boxy look”, the Argodesign team, led by Chipp Walters, embraced the notion of asymmetry. Each motorbike is curved on the side that forms the exterior of the car and flat on the side that joins to the other bike.
Hubless front wheels are used to allow for adaptability. In bikemode, the front tyres split and separate slightly to provide more stability and a better longitudinal centre of gravity. When in carmode, the front wheels of each bike move together to form car wheels that are more traditional in terms of width and separation.
Given the unusual premise of the Lane Splitter and that only an initial pass has been made at the design, there are naturally a number of obstacles that would hamper it being brought to production. “Overall, cost as designed would seem prohibitive at this time,” Argodesign tells
Gizmag. “There would need to be more iteration on concept design along with a substantial engineering effort to realise the technology and promise of a vehicle which separates into two.”
Two bikes in one to make for a friendly commute.