The Robin Reliant.
The Robin Reliant.

Top 5: The three-wheeled successes and failures



Robin Reliant

Possibly the most successful three-wheeler in history, the Reliant had the unconventional layout of having the single wheel at the front, making it, shall we say, a little exciting in the corners. It was built on and off between 1973 and 2002 under various licences and has become a cultural icon of comedic sort in Britain. The car is possibly best known today for being lampooned by Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear, who tries to drive a Reliant but can't stop rolling it in the corners; the TV show also built a space shuttle with a Reliant.

Campagna T-Rex

This is no dinosaur. The goal of Campagna, according to its website, is "to create the finest three-wheel vehicle in the world". And with a starting price tag of US$53,999 for an open cockpit car with saddle bags for a boot, it had better be just that. And it seems to be: the T-Rex puts a massive tyre at the back to give the front more stability in turns and, in a nod to its motorcycle roots, has a 1,352cc engine from a Kawasaki Ninja, good to propel this three-wheeler to 100kph in under four seconds - supercar territory.

Messerschmitt KR175

With the Germans on the losing end of the Second World War, airplane manufacturer Messerschmitt had to find something else to do. Naturally, it would turn to three-wheeled minicars. The KR175 was its first project, based on an invalid carriage, and it debuted in 1953. Not surprisingly, the little car looked like an aircraft fuselage with a bubble canopy, with two passengers sitting tandem - wonder what the company's engineers still had on their minds.

Sinclair C5

Sir Clive Sinclair is a British entrepreneur and inventor who went on to have a few good ideas. The C5 was not one of them. This tiny three-wheeler was meant as an electric, three-wheeled commuter for urban dwellers, but its top speed of 15kph, an open cockpit that didn't exactly suit UK weather and a profile so low cars couldn't see it on the road meant that it was a sales disaster. The fact that the vehicles were built by Hoover, a company better known for household appliances, didn't help its cause.

Aptera 2e

Behold the future. The Aptera is another electric car, only this one hasn't hit the road just yet. Like the Messerschmitt, it has an airplane-like cockpit; it's built of composites and is one of the more exciting designs out there for electric cars. The problem? The California-based company has yet to build any for sale; the 2e was meant to be available last year, but Aptera has run into financial problems and says it is waiting for loans from the US government to start building.

Inside Out 2

Director: Kelsey Mann

Starring: Amy Poehler, Maya Hawke, Ayo Edebiri

Rating: 4.5/5

Yemen's Bahais and the charges they often face

The Baha'i faith was made known in Yemen in the 19th century, first introduced by an Iranian man named Ali Muhammad Al Shirazi, considered the Herald of the Baha'i faith in 1844.

The Baha'i faith has had a growing number of followers in recent years despite persecution in Yemen and Iran. 

Today, some 2,000 Baha'is reside in Yemen, according to Insaf. 

"The 24 defendants represented by the House of Justice, which has intelligence outfits from the uS and the UK working to carry out an espionage scheme in Yemen under the guise of religion.. aimed to impant and found the Bahai sect on Yemeni soil by bringing foreign Bahais from abroad and homing them in Yemen," the charge sheet said. 

Baha'Ullah, the founder of the Bahai faith, was exiled by the Ottoman Empire in 1868 from Iran to what is now Israel. Now, the Bahai faith's highest governing body, known as the Universal House of Justice, is based in the Israeli city of Haifa, which the Bahais turn towards during prayer. 

The Houthis cite this as collective "evidence" of Bahai "links" to Israel - which the Houthis consider their enemy. 

 

Asia Cup 2022

What
Asia Cup final: Sri Lanka v Pakistan

When
Sunday, September 11, from 6pm

Where
Dubai International Stadium

How to watch
Catch the live action on Starzplay across Mena region.

COMPANY PROFILE

Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

The specs

Engine: 2.3-litre 4cyl turbo
Power: 299hp at 5,500rpm
Torque: 420Nm at 2,750rpm
Transmission: 10-speed auto
Fuel consumption: 12.4L/100km
On sale: Now
Price: From Dh157,395 (XLS); Dh199,395 (Limited)

The five pillars of Islam

1. Fasting

2. Prayer

3. Hajj

4. Shahada

5. Zakat

Four motivational quotes from Alicia's Dubai talk

“The only thing we need is to know that we have faith. Faith and hope in our own dreams. The belief that, when we keep going we’re going to find our way. That’s all we got.”

“Sometimes we try so hard to keep things inside. We try so hard to pretend it’s not really bothering us. In some ways, that hurts us more. You don’t realise how dishonest you are with yourself sometimes, but I realised that if I spoke it, I could let it go.”

“One good thing is to know you’re not the only one going through it. You’re not the only one trying to find your way, trying to find yourself, trying to find amazing energy, trying to find a light. Show all of yourself. Show every nuance. All of your magic. All of your colours. Be true to that. You can be unafraid.”

“It’s time to stop holding back. It’s time to do it on your terms. It’s time to shine in the most unbelievable way. It’s time to let go of negativity and find your tribe, find those people that lift you up, because everybody else is just in your way.”

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: Haltia.ai
Started: 2023
Co-founders: Arto Bendiken and Talal Thabet
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: AI
Number of employees: 41
Funding: About $1.7 million
Investors: Self, family and friends

Herc's Adventures

Developer: Big Ape Productions
Publisher: LucasArts
Console: PlayStation 1 & 5, Sega Saturn
Rating: 4/5

The Letter Writer

Director: Layla Kaylif

Stars: Eslam Al Kawarit, Rosy McEwen, Muhammad Amir Nawaz

Rating: 2/5

'Brazen'

Director:+Monika Mitchell

Starring:+Alyssa Milano, Sam Page, Colleen Wheeler

Rating: 3/5


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