The City is a vehicle concept design that combines a car and motorcycle into one vehicle. Designed for developing nations to be affordable, lightweight, and simple, the design combines the flexibility of a motorcycle in congested urban areas with the benefits of a small car for longer trips and to carry cargo. The City, designed by Jameson Klug, is an intriguing urban transport design.
“My concept is based around the motorcycle architecture, and allows the car shell to attach when needed, to provide for extra cargo capacity, protection from the weather, or to carry two additional passengers,” explains designer Jameson Klug. “The driver still sits on the motorcycle even as he attaches it to the car, and utilizes its controls to save complexity.”
The car body and motorcycle body are designed from roto-molded high strength plastics, with a biodegradable honeycomb soy core. The engine is located on the motorcycle and allows for high fuel efficiency due to lightweight design. The star rotor engine features an entirely different thermodynamic cycle known as the Brayton cycle (used in jet turbine design) that recycles waste heat and exhaust with a heat exchanger.