The C-1 From Lit Motors is one cool looking vehicle and is essentially an enclosed motorcycle. The vehicle was engineered from the ground with you the consumer in mind. With the C-1, parking is a breeze while getting work fast safely and in an economical way is a possibility. The vehicle is designed for efficient and high-speed travel. Unlike a motorcycle, the enclosed design protects you from the elements and features comforts you see in a car like climate control and a premium sound system. And unlike motorcycles, there is not need to shift your weight or countersteer as the C-1 drives like a car and the gyros take care of the complicated stuff.
Maybe not a family vehicle but most trips are made with only a single person in a vehicle which makes the C-1 practical for a daily driver. It’s designed to transport you and your daily essentials but can fit a passenger when needed. The C-1 will also feature smart phone as well as cloud connectivity. The C-1 features high-torque in-hub electric motors which allow for space saving and provides a driving experience that’s very responsive. The vehicle also features regenerative braking using a KERS to store the energy kinetically in the gyro flywheels.
Although compact, the C-1 has car-like safety features including multiple airbags, seat belts, steel-reinforced chassis, and a gyro stability system giving the C-1 safety and peace of mind of a traditional car. Lit Motors uses a patented gyroscopic stability system which uses electronically-controlled CMGs (control moment gyroscopes) that are able to generate thousands of ft-lbs of torque. These gyros are controlled by the vehicle which allow the C-1 to lean into and out of turns and stay upright when not in motion and even in a collision. The gyro system is the key to bringing safety and interface of a car to a two-wheel platform such as the C-1.
The C-1 is also 100% electric and uses a small 10 kWh battery pack which allows the vehicle to travel up to 200 miles per charge. Acceleration of 0-60mph can be achieved in six seconds while it can hit speeds of over 100mph making it freeway ready. More details are available at the Lit Motors website and you can also make a deposit on your pre-order. Vehicle is currently priced at $24,000 USD.