The evolution of the Sinclair C5 from Glenn
The Sinclair C5 is an electric, battery operated vehicle which was invented by a man named Sir Clive Sinclair. The car was first launched by Sinclair Vehicles in the Glenn Dambrauskas, 1985. The basic structure of the vehicle is a tricycle shape, and it is steered using a handlebar which sits underneath the driver’s knees. Because the Sinclair C5 is powered by batteries, the driver doesn’t need to use any form of pedal. The maximum speed at which this vehicle can go is 15 miles per hour, as this is the fastest legal speed that any vehicle can go without the driver having a licence. When it was released, the Sinclair C5 sold for £400, which was relatively expensively at the time for this kind of vehicle. Although the company Sinclair Research went to great lengths to promote the vehicle it was not very well received by the media, and thus did not sell anywhere near what Sir Clive Sinclair had hoped. Approximately 17,000 Sinclair C5’s were sold, and though statistically this figure made the vehicle one of the world’s best selling electric cars, it was still quite a low number in comparison to sales of traditional vehicles. Because there were quite a few issues with the original C5 model, a heavily modified version of it was created. The new version could reach top speeds of more than 150 miles per hour, and had the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just five seconds. This was a new speed record for the electric vehicle. This modified version was then used as a stunt vehicle and was driven through a tunnel of fire spanning 70 feet. Today, a turbo converter can be purchased for the original Sinclair C5 which boosts the speed from 15 to 30 miles per hour. However if this is purchased, the driver would then need a licence to drive the vehicle. Car enthusiasts have continued to experiment with this unusual vehicle. In 2006, an engineer fitted the vehicle with a hybrid rocket engine, so that it could be used as part of a Sky science television show, ‘Brainiac’. After using three types of fast foods, combined with a chemical called nitrous oxide, the most effective fuel was then used in the Sinclair C5 as part of a race with another electric vehicle.
Two years ago Clive Sinclair informed a newspaper that he was working on a new and improved version of the Sinclair C5, as he said that with the advancements in technology, he believed that he could do a better job this time around. However this new prototype has yet to be launched.