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K-Way MOTUS
Team Leader: Stefano Carabelli
Team Website: www.k-waymotus.com/
Powertrain: Hybrid
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Design: New
Class: Alternative (Tandem)
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Team Bio

K-Way MOTUS is a three-wheeled vehicle, which seats two passengers in-line. The vehicle is fully enclosed with a crash proof frame and there is no need to wear a helmet. Active tilting allows the driver to steer like a car while the vehicle automatically leans into the curve like a motorcycle giving a completely new driving feeling. Electric motors conveniently located in the front wheel hubs allow a full electronic control of integral traction, hybrid driving mode and vehicle dynamics. K-Way MOTUS has more than ten worldwide patents pending to protect its technologies.

K-Way MOTUS project began in 2006 in the Mechatronics Labs of Politechnic University of Turin (Politecnico di Torino) from an idea of its chief engineer and manager, at that time, Stefano Carabelli, and was later developed at Actua S.r.l. and TTW S.r.l., two spin-off companies of the same University hosted in the I3P of Politecnico (Politechnic University Innovative Start-up Companies Incubator). Neo-entrepreneur Stefano Carabelli’s project moves on to today’s shape thanks to the involvement of Turin’s well-known entrepreneur Marco Boglione whom is sponsoring it with an influential brand like K-Way, and thanks to the vision to design the vehicle around the concept of urban mobility: this is where K-Way MOTUS comes from. K-Way MOTUS, with Marco Boglione’s support, wants to change personal urban and suburban transportation with its new approach to individual mobility. Now you might wonder how can a clothing company improve a vehicle’s design. The answer comes from the excellent work of Fabrizio Giugiaro, of Giugiaro Design awarded firm, and its intuition to use fabric as the skin of K-Way MOTUS and to have a 100% cloth bodywork. The concept behind this choice is: don’t overdress yourself to bear the wind chill factor, dress your vehicle. Thanks to the use of light weight materials the vehicle can get a high-level of performance. Performance increased also by its peculiar “arrow shaped” body developed with the help of studies in the field of aerodynamics Thanks also to its particular driving system for steering and tilting, the vehicle seems to “fly” along the road. K-Way MOTUS has a full transparent sky dome in its upper part to protect the passengers and to optimize visibility, while the lower portion features original designed windows to create visual continuity and a general sensation of balance and lightness.

Francesca Piana

Hometown: Torino
Role on team: Assistant to General Manager
How did you become involved in the team?
About two years ago I was looking for a job and I found this exciting chance to use my skills sharpened dealing with the International Market in my previous employment. It was all new at the beginning but I got used to all this weird engineer’s world.

The New York Times

October 5, 2010

Some X Prize Entrants and Why They Lost[Alcuni veicoli che hanno partecipato al X-Prize eil motivo per cui sono stati battuti]  By RONALD AHRENS  The winners of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, the three-year competition to produce 100-mile-per-gallon vehicles, will be announced later this morning in Washington. Although there are only three winners, 24 vehicles were fielded from countries that included Canada, Italy and Switzerland. Their cars resembled lobsters, Lyle Lovett’s hair an... more »

Torino & Superga, K-Way MOTUS on the road

October 4, 2010

A video shooting of K-Way MOTUS around the streets of Turin and up the hill of Superga, a famous panoramic spot near by the city.Finally you can compare our vehilce with regular cars and scooters and see how it looks like in an urban environment. -Un video di K-Way MOTUS in giro per le strade di Torino e sulla strada che porta alla Basilica di Superga, sull'omonima collina, un bellissimo punto panoramico sulla cittá. Finalmente potete confrontare il nostro veicolo con auto e moto tradizionali e apprezzare le sue caratteristiche in un c... more »

and the winners are...

September 17, 2010

Il Progressive Automotive X Prize é giunto al termine. Si é svolto ieri a Washington D.C. l'avvenimento conclusivo, é stata una cerimonia pubblica presentata da Peter Diamandis, Presidente della X Prize Foundation, in cui hanno partecipato Nancy Pelosi, Presidente della Camera dei Rappresentanti degli Stati Uniti, e altre illustri personalitá. Durante la cerimonia sono stati annunciati e premiati i vincitori nelle tre categorie in cui era suddiviso il concorso. Per la classe Mainstream,... more »

Who Will Win the X Prize?

September 8, 2010

Cari amici, K-Way MOTUS é riuscito ad aggiudicarsi la posizione numero 6 nel concorso Veicolo Piú Desiderato.Vi vogliamo ricordare che erano 33 i veicoli in gara e alcuni di essi hanno sempre avuto un numero di voti enorme (con il forte sospetto che abbiano barato). Clicca qui per vedere i risultati Con questo si conclude la serie di concorsi organizzati dal X-Prize, aperti alle votazioni via Internet.Vi ricordiamo i risultati ottenuti: Most Stilish: 7a posizione su 33;Most Innovative: 4a posizione su 33;Most Practica... more »

Vote K-Way MOTUS for the MOST WANTED vehicle

August 30, 2010

Cari amici, Le ferie sono finite, prendiamo atto di dover tornare a lavoro e lasciare da parte i piacevoli svaghi delle vacanze. Mentre l'Italia, voi compresi, si abbandonava alla ben nota indolenza di Agosto, l'organizzazione del X-Prize ha proseguito con i suoi programmi lanciando il quarto e ultimo concorso. Stavolta si vota per 'the MOST WANTED', il Veicolo piú Desiderato. La classifica sembra essere giá determinata con il primo Concorrente con oltre il 63% dei voti (C'e' un fortissimo sospetto che i nostr... more »

a smaller footprint

August 3, 2010

Have you ever been jammed in a congested road inside your car? You might have thought that there where too many cars for such a road. Every car with it's big footprint moves an average load of 1.2 people. You might have thought that all the system could work better with fewer and smaller vehicles. That's definitely true. K-Way MOTUS is optimized for the Urban Environment. It has the smallest footprint for vehicle that wants anyway to be performing and agile. Being narrow, it can can squeeze beside stuck cars. Wi... more »