I stopped by my friend Adam’s house the other day and he showed me something quite cool. If you were aware of personal computers in the early 1980′s, you will probably remember Sinclair for their early PC’s and calculators, but did you know that they also made vehicles?
The C5 was a Human-electric hybrid drive, recumbant trike that was going to revolutionize the urban transportation landscape. Unfortunately, the product flopped, nearly bringing sinclair down with it.
“Possibly Sinclair’s most famous product (albeit for quite the wrong reasons), the ill-conceived C5 “electric car” proved to be the point at which Sinclair Research’s wheels finally fell off. Attracting controversy and derision in equal measure, the C5 fiasco ended up having a catastrophic effect on Sinclair’s finances. Losses of up to £7 million eventually forced the company to sell its computer business to Amstrad.”