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Frame of Clever car
This view, without the side panels, shows off the Clever's frame, which is meant to offer the relative safety of a micro car. The vehicle has a top speed of approximately 60 mph and can go from zero to 40 in seven seconds. It runs on compressed natural gas.
Matt Barker and Ben Drew
Two of the men behind the Clever design are Matt Barker (left) and Ben Drew, research officers at the University of Bath's Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control. The engineers devised a tilting-chassis concept to help keep the three-wheeler stable when cornering.
Side view of Clever car
The Clever is the result of a 1.5 million pound ($2.7 million) research effort, funded by the European Union. Besides BMW and the University of Bath, partners included organizations in France and Austria.