2010 Higgins-Aube Energya
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Press Release) Higgins-Aub Inc, a young Canadian company,
is proud to show early images of its latest creation, the Energya, a
three-wheeled vehicle. The Energya three-wheeled vehicle, also now
know as a motomobile, is designed as a light, high performance
vehicle. Similar to a sports car where the driver and the passenger
are seated side-by-side, the Energya motomobile has a rear engine
that drives the single wheel at the back. The vehicle feels, drives
and behaves mostly like an open wheels racecar. The vehicle features
a distinctive, cutting-edge aggressive design that reflects its
level of performance.
Mechanically, the Energya motomobile will be powered by a motorcycle engine having a six-speed sequential manual transmission. It will feature an aluminum frame with inboard front suspension using superposed unequal A-arms. The dampers slightly protrude through the front cowling, both as a design statement and for cooling reasons. Particular attention has been given to reduce the weight of each component in order to produce a vehicle that conveys a dynamically thrilling experience. Particular attention has been given to reduce the mass of the non-suspended components and to centralizing most of the mass closer to the vehicle center of gravity for enhancing dynamic performances. The cockpit is typical of a racecar with only the essential instruments for the road. The seats are very supportive, in pure racecar fashion. Innovatively, half-doors are provided to ease access to the cockpit while providing side-impact protection. Convenience has not been neglected with a small storage space under the front cowling.
The advantage of having only three wheels is manifold. First and foremost, a three-wheeled vehicle is considered, in many jurisdictions as a motorcycle. Since the vehicle may do without many of the mandatory systems and components required on an automobile, the motomobile may consequently be made lighter, advantageously influencing its performances. As Higgins-Aub shares the philosophy of late Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus Cars, reducing weight was indeed the cornerstone that led to the choice of this type of vehicle. Furthermore, a three-wheel vehicle having two wheels at the front, contrarily to having a single wheel at the front, is dynamically stable.
Performance targets are set high: achieve 0-100km/h within 4 seconds and lateral acceleration in excess of 1 G. Expect an engine in the neighborhood of 200 hp and an approximate vehicle weight of 350kg. The Energya motomobile is aimed at providing exotic car performance at down-to-earth prices.
Styling and design were conducted per state of the art R&D process. We aimed at solving the main problems related to this compact architecture in sync with engineering. For example, ingress-egress ease and side impact protection were made possible by the use of a half door which also improves general styling by connecting the lower front cowling to the rear fairing with a continuous dynamic line says Aub.
Given appropriate financial backing, production units of the Energya motomobile could hit the market within 18 months.
As a future step, it is envisioned that the Energya motomobile will be offered as an electric vehicle. This will turn the electric-car stereotype on its head, as the same performance objectives will be maintained.
About the company
The two owners of
Higgins-Aub cumulate over 35 years of experience in industrial
design, engineering, Six Sigma and in intellectual property. Of
these 35 years of experience, 22 years were acquired in all
divisions of a global manufacturer of transportation equipment
headquartered in Canada, and most relevantly at its recreational
products division designing and engineering snowmobiles, personal
watercrafts, jet boats, ATVs, three-wheeled vehicles and many more.
Martin Aub is a renowned industrial designer who also holds degrees
in Aeronautics and Art history. He also is the president of The
Creative Unit Inc (www.creativeunit.com) who provided the design
services for the Energya motomobile. Danny Higgins is a
professional mechanical engineer with a Master of Aerospace
engineering. He has designed racecars and personal watercrafts,
amongst others. Both owners are motorcyclists and car enthusiasts
who share a common passion and vision for outstanding, visionary and
paradigm shifting motorized road vehicles.
Higgins-Aub has given itself the mission to exhilarate the senses of its customers, both statically and dynamically, by providing them vehicles that are as exciting to look at as they are to pilot. Higgins-Aub expects its customers to be just as passionate about nice vehicles as there are. The motto of the company perfectly reflects its philosophy:
"Combining Technology and Art to Create Objects of Passion".
Higgins-Aub Inc. is presently looking for serious investing partners who share their passion. As free thinkers, the promoters are ready to consider different investing scenarios, even non-traditional ones or off-shore offers.
For more information, the Higgins-Aub team maybe reached at: