Vehicles nowadays are mostly composed of four or more wheels. Due to ‘vehicle invasion', vehicle manufacturers created lots of vehicle makes and models. The designs are based from consumers’ perspective. Other factors that affect the design of the vehicle are: uniqueness, creativity, and the fact that there is a tight competition. Creating new and unusual vehicles is a great factor in making one's design to stand out. at present, manufacturers have embarked in lessening wheel numbers. That's why, monowheel is created.
The monowheel was modeled on a 1924 circus design. It works like a ball bearing, anchored by the weight of the engine and driver. The inner wheel stays upright while the outer loop, propelled by a 90cc engine, revolves at 20 mph or more. “It's unstable, steering is virtually impossible, your vision is obscured while you're riding, and if you brake too fast you gerbil over, " flipping heels over helmet, says David Southall of the contraption he calls the Red Max. “But it was 100 percent worth building. " Southall had the outer steel ring made to spec, and bought the rollers from a company that makes roller coaster parts. For the huge tire, he joined three 19-in. mountain bike tires. Disc brakes stop the vehicle by locking the inner and outer rings together. One steers - sort of - by leaning, which makes Southall the right man for the job. Now a professor of digital electronics in the U. K. , he spent 10 years as a solo circus act, wowing crowds with amazing feats of balance as Blondin, Master of Niagra.
Monowheel is another unique creation. Aside from having common four wheels, monowheel has only one wheel (as the term implies). Plus, driving one seems like driving a wheel. Surely, one's curiosity will reach its peak upon seeing a monowheel! Who dares to drive it?
Chris Kevin Young is a Physics professor who developed love for cars. Now, he loves car more than Physics. Most of his articles deal with the Physics principle behind every inch of car. One of his blog post is something about monowheel .