Something about GM’s PUMA concept fired a dozing neuron into life. A little digital rummaging later, I found what I’d been looking for.
In San Francisco for the world launch of the new Smart in 2007, I stopped to take a picture of the car against the backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge. As I was clicking away, I noticed a yellow object chuntering up from picture right. It wasn’t just the screaming yellow colour that alarmed me it was the size. To think there were times I felt threatened driving the freeways in the baby-sized Smart alongside normal-sized cars the GoCar is so tiny it’s positively un-American.
Tourists hire the little yellow pods to go sightseeing with a guided commentary. We’re not joking: these buggies talk. The truly adventurous can actually buy the cars, new or used. Certified street-legal by the US transport department, the 3-wheeler seats 2 occupants and is classed as a moped in many states. Its 49 cm3 two-stroke hauls it to a top speed of about 50 km/h and returns under 4 litres/100 km. Safety equipment includes a roll cage and lap belts.