This Three-Wheeler is Inspired by the Messerschmitt KR200 Bubble Car

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Published: May 9, 2014 • References: veloschmitt & gizmag
The three-wheeler Messerschmitt KR200 was one of the world's first and most recognizable micro-cars. Now, a team of engineers have developed the 'Veloschmitt,' a three-wheeler car inspired by the Messerschmitt KR200 bubble car but powered by a pedelec (electric motor-assisted pedaling) system rather than an engine.

The Veloschmitt uses this pedelec system to add electric assistance to the pedal-generated power of the eight-speed Shimano Nexus bicycle drivetrain.

The Veloschmitt is claimed to be the world's first two-seater velomobile built in series production, with 200 models planned to be built. The nifty vehicles will sell for $7,200 for single-seater options and $8,600 for the two-seater.

Part of the reasoning behind the Veloschmitt project was to mark the 50th anniversary of the last Messerschmitt KR200 model, which was discontinued in 1964. Stats for Reimagined 1950s Microcars Trending: Older & Mild
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