BMW reveals “The simple concept”

Concepts | October 9th, 2009 by 15

BMW surprises today by revealing one of their latest concepts: “The Simple Concept”. Simple combines features from both automobiles and motorcycles, and it’s a three-wheel concept.

The rumors of a similar concept started earlier this year and today, we have the opportunity to see this lightweight vehicle that is already heading to the BMW Museum.

Press release, photos and videos below, but more information will follow later today.

bmw simple concept 4 655x436SIMPLE – light in weight, low on energy

Simple combines features and advantages from both automobiles and motorcycles. The concept owes its passenger cell to the car, providing protection from wind and weather as well as shielding the driver from exterior noise and offering occupants a high degree of safety in the event of an accident. The motorcycle inspired the slim design of the Simple (at just 110 centimetres wide) and its configuration for two people sitting one behind the other. Plus it boasts the dynamic driving style typical of a two-wheeler, allowing you to lean right into corners as desired. The designation “simple” is an acronym of the project name “A sustainable and innovative mobility product for low energy consumption”.

The BMW designers initially planned a small vehicle with low weight and minimal aerodynamic drag properties. Following a concept phase of several months, the pooled requirements and ideas gave rise in 2005 to a vehicle based on tilting technology. In contrast to other vehicle concepts in which only the passenger cell tilts during cornering, here all the driver has to do is determine a change in direction for the appropriate tilt to follow automatically. The stand-out feature of the Simple concept is that it activates the hydraulics only in exceptional situations, for example if the vehicle threatens to become unstable during extremely slow driving, when righting the vehicle during standstill or in extreme situations such as drifting. Otherwise, Simple rides like a motorcycle and, beyond natural gravity and gyroscopic forces, requires no energy whatsoever to lean into a corner. The passenger also benefits from this tilting technology as he feels no transverse forces and, particularly during rapid changes of direction, need not compensate for any lateral movements.

All that is needed to power this lightweight vehicle with a kerb weight of approx. 450 kg is a 36 kW combustion engine. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is estimated at under ten seconds and the vehicle has an excellent drag coefficient of 0.18. Using the electric motor and the combustion engine, the Simple would need just 6 kWh (equivalent to 0.7 litres of petrol) or two litres over 100 km.

15 responses to “BMW reveals “The simple concept””

  1. Lance says:

    This is ugly – looks like a bond car from the 80’s

  2. The Lee says:

    WTF is that? A car based on an obsolete cold war Russian satellite?

    Give whomever designed this damn thing a freakin’ french curve. This angular crap is getting REALLY old. You should not be allowed to enter a design school if all you have for inspiration is a ruler and a cardboard box.

    • ETiffany says:

      Maybe it is a stealth job where radar can’t see it at all. Think of the advantage! Whoa! Top speed all the way, all the time. Whoosh.

  3. Vaybach Khan says:

    i love this kind of vehicle ,just yesterday i watched Peraves MonoTracer powered by bmw ,its safer then a bike,fun like a bike…great…..

  4. Giom says:

    Yet another example of form follows function. To the critters above, I think this is something we have to get used to. If you look at the F117 stealth bomber, it aint pretty, but it does what it is supposed to.

    Same with the car of the future. In order to come up with ground breaking innovation, you can not let eastheatics rull the roost. GT-R, anyone?

    This cleaver is not pretty, but it does what it is supposed to do – low drag, low fuel mile. Just what the future holds!

  5. wazon says:

    It’s looks similar to some imaginations about cars in XXI century made in 70-ties. It would find its place in Woody Allen’s “Sleeper” for sure :D.

  6. Terry says:

    Complete rip off of a Carver. I seriously doubt that it’s more aerodynamic than a monotracer.

  7. Alex says:

    This is a very bad copy of an Acabion.

  8. mario says:

    how places to sit has this car??

  9. antonio melo says:

    Make BMW produce this vehicle.

    Facebook group:


  10. pavlos says:


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.