Is This a Beer Crate Car or Motorcycle? Or Is It an Autocycle?

Behold the Skol-mobile! 1 photo
Photo: Facebook capture
I have to admit it, it was hard to contain the laughter when I saw this video. That is because I like beer (who doesn't?) and because I also like crazy vehicles. The funniest thought, however, was that of trying to have this contraption homologated for road use.
The first thing that came to mind was the entire Polaris Slingshot homologation story, with several states in the US refusing to deem it street-legal because the law did not have the proper category to fit it in. So with strong lobby and some pressure from customers, changes to the law have been proposed, with the introduction of a new vehicle class, the autocycle.

Small, two-stroke engines seem to do the job

This footage appears to have been recorded in Belo Horizonte, the biggest city in the Brazilian county Minas Gerais. I don't know the local law, but for some reason my money goes on this Skol-mobile not being exactly legal.

It's down to guesstimating the displacement of the engine inside this Skol crate, but I'd say it is below 50cc. Still, thinking about the characteristics of 2-stroke engines and judging how powerful and fast certain 49cc 2-stroke scooters can be, a smaller power plant could do well, too.

Now, the quality of the video is poor, but I tend to believe one of the car passengers who says this thing should be referred to as a car instead of a motorcycle, as it has four wheels.

Frankly, with such a low ground clearance, I guess keeping the Skol-mobile balanced on two wheels would be impossible. Regardless of being legal or not, this contraption looks like awesome fun. Just imagine the people's faces as you ride it at Sturgis!

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