Developed in partnership with the Piaggio Style Centre, Mantide is a design for an adjustable electric tricycle. Its main feature is its ability to change shape depending on different speeds: at high speeds the frame is arranged in an extended, more aerodynamic and slimmer position while at lower speeds it changes so that the driver is in a more vertical position with better visibility and manoeuvrability. The flexibility of the chassis is the result of a worm drive/endless screw located between the front and rear forks which pushes or pulls the two halves in or out to create the desired layout. Below 8-10 kms/h the Mantide maintains its “upright” position while above this speed it starts to flatten out; once over 30 kms/h it stabilizes itself in the extended position.
MANTIDE
by Fabrizio Gentili
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Name
MANTIDE
Type
Undergraduate thesis.
University
IED European Design Institute, Turin
Student
Fabrizio Gentili
Supervisor
Andrea Filippi
Assistant supervisor
Marco Di Gregorio
Technologies
Adjustable chassis using a worm drive/endless screw located between the front and rear forks; double chain, one between the pedals and the central hinge and the other between the central hinge and the motor (rear wheel).
Company Contacts
IED Istituto Europeo di Design, Torino
Torino (TO) - IT
TEL. +39 011541111
www.ied.it
Designer Contacts
Fabrizio Gentili

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