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International design student wins competition with futuristic carmotorcycle combination

on Monday,November 16,2009 22:11

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In 2008''s box office splash The Dark Knight, Batman is able to transform his militaristic automobile into a two wheeled motorcycle when his car is destroyed by the Joker in a wonderfully surreal action scene. Just a year later, a car that transforms into a motorcycle no longer seem so far-fetched, as a recent international design competition has revealed just that.

The 2010 Michelin Challenge, an annual vehicular design competition that tasks students and professional designers to create the future of the auto industry, drew nearly 300 competitors from around the globe, but it was New Zealand industrial design student Harry Henrikson''s motorcycle/car hybrid that caught everyone''s attention.

Calling his creation the Switch, Henrikson''s design is a fully electric single person transport vehicle with the high-tech sensors that could potentially allow the machine to self navigate busy highways and city driving.

Henrikson believes that the Switch could be street ready as early as 2020.

"It''s not just another car, it''s more extreme," the 22-year-old designer tells the North Shore Times. "In 10 years time it is possible there will be this sort of technology. It''s changing all the time."

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