For his final year project at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Henry Daly decided to develop a new typology for an off-road recreational vehicle. The Exo is essentially a forward-facing recumbent electric three-wheeler, in which the operator lays prone in a torpedo-like position, as in skeleton or Cresta sledding.
Exo is an electric off-road vehicle for recreational use on dirt, sand and gravel. The aim of the project is to merge man and machine providing a deeply immersive driving experience. The vehicle leans during cornering connecting body motion to vehicle motion and allows a higher maximum cornering speed. The birdcage frame is fabricated from aluminium tubing. Power comes from a 10kW DC brushless motor run from a Lithium-Ion battery pack. The project was completed as a final year project in Dublin Institute of Technology.
Daly notes that the prototype in the photos and video is but a proof of concept for what he has in mind: "Due to time and financial constraints this prototype is built from mild steel and uses a 1.5kw motor powered by lead acid batteries."
He's also done well to document the entire process in a series of nicely-composited images, as well as the requisite vector and CAD files:
Daly has just completed his Bachelor of Science at DIT and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.