The R3 is the first vehicle in the T3 product line to be developed specifically for the consumer market and was unveiled in June 2010. The prototype was completed last week and is on display at the T3 Motion headquarters in Costa Mesa, California.
Previously known as the GT3, the R3 features a proprietary rear-wheel design with a patent-pending, single, wide-stance wheel with two tires. The revolutionary two-tire design improves traction, stability, and handling, while the low rolling resistance and rounded profile of the rear tires increase energy efficiency.
A multi-link, dual-shock rear suspension in the R3 is similar to suspension systems found in today's Formula One race cars.
The vehicle comes with the T3 Motion intelligent power management battery system, and has a top speed of 70 mph. The vehicle is powered by lithium-polymer battery technology and an AC induction motor, with a range of 80-100 miles per charge and an operating cost of just pennies per mile. The R3 also features an in-car, integrated "black box" video and data recording system.
"The completion of our R3 prototype culminates the years of product and market research, system design and management along with revolutionary design concepts," said Ki Nam, T3 Motion CEO. "From conception to completion, this clean-technology product embodies a unique and groundbreaking vanguard for our launch into the consumer arena. By adding this vehicle to our product line, we continue our mission to deliver powerful, cost-effective, clean-energy products to the marketplace."
You can watch a video of T3 Motion's R3 prototype in action below: