Rinspeed design, based in Switzerland displayed their
Advantige R one concept at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show.
The minuscule Advantige R one with its overall height
of only 97cm (38) is the lowest automobile, and
was also the first sports car in the world to run on biofuel
made from kitchen and garden waste through a 1.8-liter
four-cylinder engine (16V) producing 120 hp.
The purpose of the single seat Advantige R one is immediately
obvious, racing and fun. The central driving position
allows for the unique body shape with pronounced arches
and an almost modular center section. The R one's body
lines are reinforced by longitudinal air inlets in the
shape of shark gills. The rear view mirrors have been
replaced by three color cameras whose images are transmitted
to LCD monitors in the cockpit.
To improve visibility in city driving and facilitate parking,
Rinspeed engineers developed the Dynamic Cockpit
Control Concept (DCCC). This new and unique system
automatically adjusts the positioning of the cockpit.
Height and inclination of the driving seat is electronically
altered according to vehicle speed: Up to 40 km/h the
cockpit is automatically in the highest position. Above
75 km/h the cockpit is lowered by about 30 cm into its
The Advantige R one's cockpit also leans into corners
in a manner similar to a motorcycle, reducing the sideways
forces exerted on the driver. The result is a completely
new turning sensation. Says Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht:
"This unique combination of automobile, motorcycle
and racecar cries out for the endless hairpin curves of
Mediterranean coastal roads - a truly special thrill and
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