Toyota has announced that the first public trials of its deeply odd i-Road will begin today. A serious statement of intent from the manufacturer, which is testing to see if it’s worth throwing this leany, swoopy, electric city thing into production.
The i-Roads in question are based on the concept version shown at last year’s Tokyo motor show, and are sort of two-seat coupe versions of the iReal that Richard drove back in series 12. They’ll be driven by 20 people selected by Toyota, including industry experts and off-the-street Joe Publics who’ll tell the company if they’re any good.
Which got us thinking - while we do enjoy a bit of futureland fantasy, can you really imagine a world full of i-Roads? Yes, they’re very clever - only 850mm wide, each of the two front wheels has its own 2kw motor, and it’ll charge from a normal plug socket in three hours - but won’t you feel a bit… ridiculous at the helm?
Turns out that history’s given us worse. Far worse. Here are ten of ‘em…