Frankenstein experiment in human-powered vehicle. 

  Brief   Develop an adult-size human-powered toy vehicle primarily with CNC-cut plywood /   Duration   3 months /   Team   Peter Zweifel + Gabriele Zelepos

Brief Develop an adult-size human-powered toy vehicle primarily with CNC-cut plywood / Duration 3 months / Team Peter Zweifel + Gabriele Zelepos


A circus spectacle

We drew our initial inspirations from fascinating show vehicles in circus acts. That led our decisions later in how the vehicle will be powered, how many wheels it would have and how it would look. 


Row, Row, Row your car

Gently down the street. 

After a quick round of research, we decided that a rowing motion would be a more challenging project and an interesting departure from the common pedaling mechanism to power our vehicle. We went to a gym to study the basic ergonomic involved in the motion, and to gather an overall dimension for our vehicle.

Inventing Steering 

Existing rowing bikes are mostly steered by a simple direct steering, similar to a bicycle, but we wanted to see if we could design a steering column that also moves with the user, as with the handles on the rowing machine. The solution we reached was a square shaft that would control the rack-and-pinion Ackerman steering system in the front wheels, as it rotates on its axis.   


Roller Coaster Ride

We studied how roller coaster carriages move along the rails in a smooth motion, and adapted and incorporated the mechanism into our seat. Subsequently, we applied the roller wheel as both functional and aesthetic choice throughout the steering mechanisms. 



Our project was selected as the poster image for the 2015 Parsons Design Festival in Industry City, Brooklyn, and one of three car projects chosen to represent the entire Parsons Product Design department at the festival.