I had the rare opportunity to drive a prototype vehicle recently, the Elio Motors reverse trike that they hope to have in production some time next year. Elio’s official headquarters as well as the company that manages the road show that takes their prototype three wheelers to events around the country are both located in the Detroit area. However, since the prototype is on the road so frequently, it’s taken about a year to arrange a test drive. Fortunately the tour schedule included a stop at the big Woodward Dream Cruise.
Company founder Paul Elio was there with the car along with most of Elio’s executives, so it was a great opportunity to ask questions of their management team. My full report and capsule review of the trike is over at The Truth About Cars, but in short I’ll say that I’m still on the side of the folks who think Elio will succeed, or at least as far as getting the car into production. I also think that car enthusiasts will embrace it as an inexpensive alternative to the Morgan 3 Wheeler, the Polaris Slingshot or even the more motorcycle-like Can Am Spyder.