Let's have some fun, shall we? Here's Jeremy Clarkson, bane of the automotive industry, trying out a vehicle reputedly designed by him. See what one can accomplish with a doctorate in engineering and a large budget from the BBC.
Best money the BBC ever spent.
In keeping with the treasured traditions of engineering schools everywhere (our motto: That's Not How I Would Have Done It!) I will offer some suggestions:
1. Put the front wheels further apart. It will help convince you that your not about to roll over on every turn.
2. Make the seating a bit more recumbent. You'll be less apt to roll over on every turn.
3. Give the suspension a bit more thought. Travel should equal the largest expected pothole plus 20% margin. Because there's always a bigger one.
4. Put the gas tank filler somewhere else. You don't want to know what it looks like you're doing while you're filling up.
5. Double the engine size. You don't want to end up as a hood ornament on one of those big articulated lorries. Or even on a Smart Car.
6. Lose one of the rear wheels. You'll escape most of the federal regs regarding cars, as the machine will now be considered a motorcycle.
7. Bring me in on the design phase. You'll avoid all those embarrassing mistakes.