This clever little car from Russia has what it takes to protect its occupants like a rally car.
One door, four seats, a low price and able to roll down a mountain rally style
RUSSIAN designer Malyshev Alexander describes his Mirrow Provocator as a short, but not a small car.
“Its height and width could be comparable with a large SUV. Inside, the Mirrow Provocator feels like a mini-van, but the driver’s position behind the wheel and the front passenger’s position are close to the Mercedes E-class,” he states on the company website.
The Provocator is another milestone to the future we predict for car design; namely, that our few descendants who will still want to own their own cars in future, will demand something unique.
Such bespoke design can best be delivered by shaping the desired vehicle around a roll cage, as race car builders have been doing for decades.
Alexander states the Provocator uses a rally-style roll cage to keep passengers safe from all angles.
The problem with roll cages is the heavy side bars go where the doors are, which is why race car drivers emulate pole dancers when they get in and out of their cars.
Alexander solved this problem by having only one door for his Provocator, at the rear, with a narrow central giving access to the seats.
Emergency hatches along the side of the Provocator allow escape if the single rear door is damaged or blocked.
The engine is mounted in line with the wide central aisle, which makes it less likely to crush the front passenger’s legs in a serious impact. The fuel tank for the versions with the classic engine and batteries for hybrid or electric versions are located on each side of the aisle, under the floor, which is the most safe location and provides excellent stability on the road for the car.
With air bags proven to be as likely to kill and maim as they are to prevent injury, Alexander only offers three-point inertia seat belts as standard, but the air bags can be ordered as an option.
Alexander predicts a retail price of up to €4 500 for the basic Provocator, which is about R78 392 — or the price of a decent mountain bike, with no date yet for construction to start.
The Mirrow Provocator concept from Russia stands taller than most people, but is as short as a Smart, with one rear door giving access to the seats along a narrow central aisle.