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    I think these are cool. Sub-400kg, 1800mm wheelbase and a 21hp 500cc twin cylinder watercooled engine. They even have a roof! The 2 seat version is the closest you could get to a modern day interpretation of the Peugeot Bebe (but the 4 seater is bloody ugly). Take a look at:

    http://www.micro-car.co.uk/themc1car.htm

    Some brief features:

    Performance max speed 72 mph 0-50 12 seconds* fuel 65 mpg estimated*

    Weight unladen 355kg

    Fuel injected petrol multi point Lombardini /Renault system 21 bhp governed 5400 rpm

    All wheel disc brakes with front anti dive suspension

    Full body formed ABS

    Alloy centre frame with great rigidity

    Digital instrumentation

    Wide door entry low sill hatch door two or four seat models

    Rack & pinion steering with MacPherson struts

    CVT Comex transmission

    Energy saving Michelin tyres 145/60/13

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    Quote Originally Posted by davemcbean
    I think these are cool. Sub-400kg, 1800mm wheelbase and a 21hp 500cc twin cylinder watercooled engine. They even have a roof! The 2 seat version is the closest you could get to a modern day interpretation of the Peugeot Bebe (but the 4 seater is bloody ugly). Take a look at:

    http://www.micro-car.co.uk/themc1car.htm

    Some brief features:

    Performance max speed 72 mph 0-50 12 seconds* fuel 65 mpg estimated*

    Weight unladen 355kg

    Fuel injected petrol multi point Lombardini /Renault system 21 bhp governed 5400 rpm

    All wheel disc brakes with front anti dive suspension

    Full body formed ABS

    Alloy centre frame with great rigidity

    Digital instrumentation

    Wide door entry low sill hatch door two or four seat models

    Rack & pinion steering with MacPherson struts

    CVT Comex transmission

    Energy saving Michelin tyres 145/60/13



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    speaking of which i found this concept car on the internet whilst doing a search... not that peugeot will ever relae it

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    How about something that sounds a bit more flashy in a bar room conversation, especially if related to F1 cars......

    http://www.ligier-automobiles.com/


    Microcar gives connotations of Zeta :-)

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    A better looking 400kg French gem, the Aixam:

    http://www.aixam.co.uk/

    http://www.mobilitynews.co.uk/roadtests.asp?model_id=59

    Aixam even make a tiny truck. You can do a vitual build with different tray bodies on the aixam.co.uk website.

    It seems construction of these tiny "quadricycle" class cars is really taking off in France. The CVT transmissions and 500cc petrol and diesel engines (Lombardi and Kubota respectively) seem to be common to a few of the brands.

    I reckon it's a fantastic development for the French motor industry and the world motor industry as a whole. We haven't seen such production of Austin 7 size cars since before WW2 (the original BMC Mini and Japanese "Kei" cars are longer and heavier, i.e. over 2000mm wheelbase and 500kg kerbmass).

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    I dont know about "flowing lines and seductive elegance" really. It is really similar to the smart car in a few ways.
    We wont see them in australia though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsydney
    It is really similar to the smart car in a few ways.
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    Except that the Smart is a 730kg monster (bloody heavy by microcar standards).

    The Fiat 500, 126 and Niki are the closest things to these modern microcars in both wheelbase (1.8m) and weight, although the 126 and Niki were still pretty porky at around 600kg.

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    Lombardini, in Italy, seemed to have carved quite a niche/monopoly in the 500cc micro car market:

    http://www.lombardini.it/database/lo...sf/english.htm
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