Artist group THE FUTURE PEOPLE is showing their new exhibit “Future Cycles” at the Detroit Auto Show through January 25th. Made to show human-powered vehicles that blur the lines between bicycles and cars, they show the world of internal combustion an alternative.
“We wanted to see just how far we could push the legal definition of bicycle to provide a car-like experience with very low energy input,” says designer Cameron Van Dyke. “In doing this we hope to get people to consider if there might be better ways to transport ourselves around the American infrastructure.”
More than just two HPVs, the rolling machines are also an exercise in design, showing that these functional vehicles can also look pretty cool. Take a look inside to see the “CYCLONE” and “ZEPPELIN” that are on display…
The “ZEPPELIN,” is a human electric hybrid vehicle. It is powered by two riders in combination with a 750w electric rear motor and achieves a cruising speed of 25 mph on flat ground, yet is still completely, legally considered a “bicycle”. It weighs just 270lbs, thanks to being made from polycarbonate and aluminum.
The 3 wheeled machine achieves an equivalent of 700 miles per gallon, and has a 20 mile range with the electric assist.
THE FUTURE PEOPLE is an artist collaborative of husband-and-wife Cameron and Rachael Van Dyke. As avid cyclists, entrepreneurs and artists, they want to use their ideas to test alternative value systems in our culture, specifically around housing, transportation and community.
The CYCLONE is a 4-seat human powered luxury vehicle. Powered by two riders, it can also carry cargo. Like the ZEPPELIN, it was constructed with boat building techniques, and combined with modern bicycle technology.
The pedal-drive SUV features brushed aluminum details and an interior of fine leather and mahogany. They say the CYCLONE is an “indispensable part of a complete sustainable luxury lifestyle.”
It appears that the Cyclone is rolling Surly Knard 29+ tires on Velocity rims, with Manitou SPV suspension.
“The motivation for this project is to explore alternative value systems in transportation,” Van Dyke explains, “It is about questioning our country’s energy use, health, safety and access to travel.”
Like a true artist, Van Dyke is not showing these at the auto show with intent to sell them, but rather get people to look at our car culture. “These are concept cars focused on creating reflection in American car culture. There is market potential here, but first it is important to get a dialogue started,” he says.
Future Cycles will be on display at the Detroit Auto Show through Jan 25th.