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    The HSV R2 combines the best aspects from both car and bike.

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Is the HSV R2 a car? Is it a bike? Neither – and both.

Car vs’s a war that’s divided mates for decades – what’s the best number of wheels: two or four? This weird crossover vehicle, the HSV R2, will cause a stir in car and bike circles alike.

While the arguments over the supreme ride bluster on, a student at MIT has been developing a Frankenstein of a machine – albeit much easier on the eye – to bring two- and four-wheel lovers together.

It’s called the HSV R2 and it’s got a lot of people very excited. Designed by design engineering student Michael Gray, this car and sports motorcycle crossover brings together the best aspects of both vehicles.

Running on four wheels, this super lightweight buggy has space for one passenger sitting behind the driver as you would on a bike. Unlike a bike, there’s an attachable roof so you can both shelter from the rain when required. You also get rollover protection from the safety cell structure should you take that corner a little too fast.

As with many younger designers, Michael has taken environmental impact into consideration. Only using new materials where absolutely necessary, the HSV R2 would avoid the reckless fade of overconsumption of available materials.

Predictably, it would run on an electric engine – nothing awe-inspiring there, but there’s a clever twist. For the first time an infinite driving range is said to be possible with the use of interchangeable battery packs that could potentially be swapped over when flat at e-service stations.

Entered into this year’s international James Dyson Award, the HSV R2 highlights the creative growth in Australian design engineers – not to mention that if this concept was to win the award it would make three Aussie winners in as many years.

And you never know, a win for the HSV R2 and we could be seeing something similar on our roads some time in the future. That means the car versus bike battle would be over. There’s just one problem – what's left for you and your mate to argue over then?


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  • Adam Swadling, you have an increadibly low intellect. Not only is it nothing like the arial atom (it is more like the little car thing Audi unveiled a while ago), the price hasn't even entered into it. It is only a vague concept (a production one would be nothing like this), and i would bet that they haven't even thought about a price. Also, holden (same with ford) is not even Australian. They had Australian origins (which is more than what ford can say), but they ceased being australian when they were brought out by GM. But they do develop the commodore and build both commodore and cruze in australia, employing australian people, and thats good enough for me. As for 17k GTOs, i don't know where you got that idea from. The base price was 35k in the states. Sure its less than here, but holden (same with ford, toyota, and any other company you care to name), is selling the cars for money-profit. Any like with any company, if they can sell their products for the price they do, (from their view point), why shouldn't they? Sure i'd like everything to be cheaper, who wouldn't? But the day they cease to be viable is the day the close down and is day 160 000 jobs are on the line.

    Jeeves of Hobart Posted on 04 June 2012 6:14pm
  • Electric? Get real! Give it a high revving 1000cc motorbike engine then we will talk... They missed the boat big time on this one.

    Ben of Penrith Posted on 04 June 2012 12:02pm
  • So, what Licence do I need to drive/ride one of these?

    Davin of Traralgon Posted on 04 June 2012 10:51am
  • Great for town living-going shopping etc. Very green and I guess a family could have one of those for shopping etc and a bigger car for trips, kids etc

    Carol watson of Toowoomba Posted on 04 June 2012 9:42am
  • Cool. HSC reinvented the Arial Atom, for six times the price, and significantly less in the performance department. That sums up HSV's overall brand image in Australia, especially when we all see those GTO's going out the door to the US market for $17k that we can option to import back and RHD for $150,000 or so sans import duty tax. You can tell the point where Holden ceased being Aussie. FoMoCo Australia are all we've got left.

    adam swadling of Australia Posted on 03 June 2012 11:38pm
  • Right, so this is just a bunch of renderings from an Insudtrial Design Student. sigh.

    Stu of Brisbane Posted on 03 June 2012 2:45pm
  • good on 'em. They have got to do something to shed this image that they are a company that puts stripes, body kits and hotter engines into old world local V8s. Some like them, sure, but most of us don't care a fig about such vehicles. Gauche, gaudy and speaking loudly as to who is the buying demographic. Physically over-large, thirsty and for people who can only link excitement in driving with big engines

    DrSteve of Australia Posted on 03 June 2012 8:42am
  • Mick go and have a concrete bun.

    softdrink Posted on 02 June 2012 12:29pm
  • End of the day I'd buy it especially to drive to work. Better than my SV6 Berlina eating $100 fuel a week! Will this concept be released???

    NaughtyMonkey of Kellyville Ridge Posted on 02 June 2012 4:13am
  • The word bike comes from bicycle, which would refer to one with two wheels. This isn't.

    UberCynic Posted on 01 June 2012 11:07pm
  • I read this excitedly looking for engine specs hoping to see a high revving 1.4 turbo or something only to find its electric. There goes 2 minutes of my life I'll never get back

    Mick of Melb Posted on 01 June 2012 10:32am
  • I don't care what it is, I want one.

    Jim of Newcastle Posted on 01 June 2012 10:18am
  • bike is 2. the 3 wheeled 'bike' is a trike. and the 4 wheeled 'bike' is a quad - not a quad bike. not enough aussies finish school these days

    the king of the castle Posted on 01 June 2012 10:16am
  • yes, problem is tha ADR's. cant be innovative or futuristic inside this restrictive ADR's. As for electric car battery swap out. Nothing new, just try getting someone to agree to it. U have to go back to NIMH battery packs to make swap out batteries workable. LIPO's r just too expensive n unreliable. ie. Scrap Chevron's patent or rather wait until 2014 when the patent expires. Unfortunately for the future to succeed u need to take a step back from ultimate capitalism we have. Ie. this restrictive monopolistic system we have has to go. Patents have to be reduced in time length or have strict conditions for their endurance as in the patented product has to be put to good use or is forfeit. Ie. Chevron is just sitting on their NIMH patent under the guise that no one wants the batteries...when actual fact is Chevron has made it uneconomical to try n use their battery patents. Point being...oil industry protecting their interests. We need China for example to stick the finger n breach patents.

    Lee Mazengarb of Wollongong Posted on 31 May 2012 2:24pm
  • These types of cars have been around for years. They are called Quadricycles or Microcars. The ex-French F1 constructor Ligier is just one of many making these types of vehicles in Europe and they are seriously profitable business. The problem in Australia is that if a vehicle does not fit into an existing classification the authorities don'rt even consider these vehicle actually exist at all. They still think a moped (MOtorized PEDal cycle) is a scooter. Using that logic an electric golf cart and a 200kph Tesla electric car should be classified as the same thing too. I'm glad HSV has the courage present this valid concept to Australians and I hope the authorities open their eyes and minds to different ideas and taken more seriously.

    Fabian Posted on 31 May 2012 1:52pm
  • Rhys, the word you are trying to use is : UPON, not APON.

    Laurence Colclough of Sydney Posted on 31 May 2012 1:42pm
  • Great machine, but only a gager (car driving sheep) who knows nothing of motorcycles would kid himself this in any way approaches what a bike gives you.

    I want, but wont sell the bike for it of Perth Posted on 31 May 2012 12:10pm
  • Oh you industrial design students. Some kid dreaming of being the next bauhaus draws a teenage wet dream car and gets a university degree. Congratulations. I hope you use sustainable materials to revolutionise how people interact with their surrounds via modular design.

    Drew of Brisbane Posted on 31 May 2012 11:44am
  • Try takin a look at the Arcimoto Pulse, not just a design study!

    B of Perth Posted on 31 May 2012 11:26am
  • There are already various petrol versions ala X-Bow etc and Renault electric Twizy released for real in europe. Although the R2 is more racy in appearance.

    Phuong Posted on 31 May 2012 11:07am
  • dinnerplate of Brisbane Because some idiot puts quad in front of it, it does not alter the definition. A BICYCLE HAS TW0 WHEELS.

    denis of Perth Posted on 31 May 2012 11:01am
  • This is incredible! Imagine "Only using materials where absolutely necessary"! If not absolutely necessary, what do they use instead of materials? C'mon you people who call yourselves journalists, get your acts together and lift your standards. Some of your copy is almost unintelligible.

    Hmmmm.... Posted on 31 May 2012 7:21am
  • heres how you define a BIKE. you sit ASTRIDE a bike, you do not sit IN or APON. you sit IN a car and you sit APON a scooter. simple.

    Rhys Hughes of Australia Posted on 30 May 2012 10:09pm
  • It doesn't matter if it's made or not. Australias restrictive road rules wouldn't let it be registered anyway. Look at the Arial Atom - very similar in looks to this, and 10 years on it still can't meet ADR.

    waz356 of Adelaide Posted on 30 May 2012 4:59pm
  • I wish manufacturers would just get on and make a car like this, instead of just concepts all the time. The name could have been had a bit more research... What does HSV R2 stand for?

    Peter of Perth Posted on 30 May 2012 11:34am
  • what about when you have a large distance to go so need to fill up, but you've got 3/4s power lef tin your battery...would you pay full price to switch cells?

    Aaron Posted on 30 May 2012 11:19am
  • Guaranteed to be popular around Oxford Street, but there is no way this is any form of bike. It's a tandem car. Bicycle has two wheels, as defined by the name, car has more.

    Terry Dwyer of Sydney Posted on 30 May 2012 11:18am
  • Lotus built one of these in the 60's. it's just a modern Lotus 7 with a bad engine.

    JCS of Calgary Ab Posted on 30 May 2012 8:16am
  • Looks like, smell like, is a car - like a beach buggy - nothing like a bike - you sit on a bike and ride not sit in

    KaH Posted on 29 May 2012 11:50pm
  • Um bikes don't always have only 2 wheels... Quad bikes are bikes and have 4 wheels hence the term quad (four)... the Can am Spyder has three wheels and is still classified as a bike... back in your box lunchbox...

    dinnerplate of Brisbane Posted on 29 May 2012 11:24pm
  • I drive to work in a 5 seater car by myself, what a waste of fuel!. This baby gives protection, and economy i bet!. I would trade my car in right now for one of these.

    Luke Posted on 29 May 2012 9:21pm
  • If it doesn't have 2 wheels it is NOT a bike.

    Brian of Adelaide Posted on 29 May 2012 8:04pm
  • It will never see the light of day, along with a dozen or more great ideas before it. The gap between a quarter-scale mock-up and a production vehicle is massive, and it's killed better ideas than this one.

    paul of Wollongong Posted on 29 May 2012 8:02pm
  • Dont think there is anything bike-like about it! It doesnt lean or steer like a bike. You dont sit "over it". The only thing is it is a car with width for a single seat. Its a car, with tandem seating. The Carver was a 3 wheel car that leans into corners like a bike. That is at least a cross between a car and a bike.

    dax Posted on 29 May 2012 7:45pm
  • If they sold it as a road registrable kit I`d buy it tomorrow....and stick a suzuki hayabusa engine in it.

    Trevor of vrisbane Posted on 29 May 2012 6:51pm
  • Whats left to argue over.... Who gets to drive - of course!!!

    RowDogg of Sydney Posted on 29 May 2012 5:58pm
  • This is a car, its not even a cross between a bike and a car. A bike has two wheels hence the term Bike(Bi) and a car has four wheels. This is a great improvement on existing cars however.

    Lunchb0x of Brisbane Posted on 29 May 2012 5:07pm
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