The first Gyro-X was designed and built in the late 60's by Thomas Summers and Alex Tremulis, respected leaders in their fields. Summers being a gyroscope expert and Tremulis with automotive styling and design.
After a 40 years journey, In 2011 Lane Motor Museum bought the car and later they reached out to us to build the gyroscopic system that keeps the car stabilized. The new Gyro-X made its debut at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 20, 2017, the 50th anniversary of its creation.
Why build a two-wheel,self-stabilized car?
Summers and Tremulis promoted the Gyro-X based on these perceived advantages over a conventional car:
1) Fuel efficiency: first, by reducing the car's frontal area, it would be a lot more aerodynamic and second, since the gyroscope was hydraulically-driven, the original plan was to drive the rear-wheel hydraulically as well. As the car coasted the energy of the rolling wheel in the back could be used to spin up the gyroscope in the front. This was a very early form of regenerative braking, almost 30 years ahead of its time.
2) Safety: the car would be safer because it would not slide in corners and, because of its smaller profile (half the frontal area of a conventional car), it would be less likely to be in a collision. Unfortunately, there were some other concerns about safety: the Gyro-X is very complicated and the very heavy flywheel spinning at 3000 RPM stores a lot of energy. If something goes wrong, it could be very dangerous.
3) Reduced traffic and smaller traffic lanes: having such a slim profile, if everyone drove a gyro car, traffic lanes could be reduced by 50%. Although that would've been an enormous task.
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How it works
Presentation at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Presentation at Concorso d'Eleganza in Villa d'Este
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