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10 Of The Most Unusual Vehicles
Since the invention of the wheel, man has always sought different ways to make travelling easier. While
most vehicle concepts are normal and practical, others, not so much and are sometimes even downright
weird. Number one especially fits that description so make sure you stay tuned for that as I give you 10
of the most unusual vehicles.
Number 10. Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1
Do you like the idea of cycling on water, but the big and cumbersome cycle-boat isn’t doing it for you?
Maybe you need a hydrofoil. Specifically, the Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1. More than seven years in the
making, this e-bike/hydrofoil hybrid was just released early this year.
Like other hydrofoil watercraft, the XE-1 relies on submerged wings that create lift in the water and raise
the hull out of the water. This decreases drag and increases speed, which for a pedal-powered
watercraft are both good things. According to Manta5, the XE-1 tops out at 13 mph, and cruises
between 7-8 mph.
Essentially an e-bike for the water, the XE-1 offers three levels of assist to either go faster or allow you
to get more of a workout. Manta5 claims up to an hour of assisted run time on maximum assist from the
460w motor. The battery system is fully submersible with an IP68 rating, and recharges in 5 hours.
I kind of don’t like the idea of having batteries in water, but I’m pretty sure the guys at Manta5 made
sure that any rider wouldn’t be in for the shock of their lives.
Number 9. The Quadro 4
Now here’s a strange vehicle with an identity crisis. The manufacturers claim that it’s a scooter, but at
the same time they also claim that it has the functionalities of a quad. So, what does that make it? A
scooter? A quad bike? A quad scooter? A quadro scooter? The jury’s still out on that but what I do know
is this: it’s pretty awesome.
The Quadro 4 was first unveiled at the 2014 EICMA show in Milan and it garnered quite a bit of
attention. At the exhibition, the Quadro 4 displayed an incredible ability to tackle a wide range of
circumstances, including bashing its way through an off-road course and performing some pretty
elegant leans on the road. Quadro are no strangers to the scooter market, they’ve also produced two
three-wheelers: the Quadro S, boasting a 346cc engine and a 27 hp output, and the Quadro 350D, that
offers a 313cc engine and 23 hp.
As scooters go, this one looks like it can perform some incredible maneuvers: anything from hard lean
angles to off-road rampaging.
Number 8. The Peel P50
Narrower than a phone box, if you’re old enough to remember what that is, and shorter than a Vespa
scooter, the Peel P50 microcar is officially the World’s Smallest Car. The vehicle was designed to be
small, but not for the sake of being small, but because of the world situation back in the day it was
After WWII, both Europe and Japan needed cars that were very fuel-efficient and made of little raw
material. That’s why the classic Fiat 500 has a fabric sunroof, rather than a fully-metal one: steel was
Hence, microcars were born, which were frugality taken to the extreme. d the original Peel P50, made
on the UK’s Isle of Man, is the extreme end of that. At 54” long, 47” tall, and 40” wide, it’s officially
recognized as the smallest production car in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.
These vehicles are so rare, collectors are prepared to pay upwards of $150,000 on a fully restored
original. But if you badly need one but don’t have that kind of money, it’s still being reproduced and sold
at much more affordable prices starting at 11,450 pounds.
Number 7. The Amphicar 770
In the 1960s, nearly 4,000 people decided that buying a car that could double as a boat was a brilliant
idea. Even today's SUVs can't do that. Unfortunately, here’s a case of a car trying to be a boat, but
couldn’t really do both things that well.
The Amphicar 770 was a perky little thing with a steel body and folding roof, remarkable only by the
peculiar way the front end abruptly cut away at the bottom. And if you looked closely, you'd find a pair
of propellers slung below the rear engine, tucked behind the bumper. It meant that you could, if you
had the urge, drive straight off the road and across a lake. It was named the 770 because it was able to
reach seven miles an hour on the water, and 70 miles an hour on land.
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