B.C. highway crash apparently ensnares 3-wheeled Reliant Robin


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File this one in the ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ folder. According to local media near Burnaby in British Columbia, a recent traffic mishap included the usual smattering of milquetoast vehicles, plus a Reliant Robin. For readers who are not aware or have never seen an episode of Top Gear, we’re referring to the three-wheeled machine which has been the butt of endless jokes ever since it appeared on UK roads several decades ago.

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That tweet gives us little to go on, but a quick search of a Facebook page belonging to the same news outlet contains comments from members of the public who confirm there was indeed a Reliant Robin caught up in the crash. One person said they “at first glance thought it was a car cut in half”, a wholly reasonable statement given the curious design choices of that particular car. However, someone else (without photographic proof since this is the internet) commented the vehicle in question was actually a Solo all-electric three wheeled car. Absent pictures, we can’t say one way or the other.

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One thing’s for sure — those two vehicles share little in the way of appearance, save for having only three wheels. A Reliant Robin has its single tire placed up front, where it is in charge of steering duties all by its lonesome. This configuration also permits the car to pitch like a drunken sailor when hove into a corner at speed. In contrast, the Solo places two wheels up front and one behind, not unlike the Polaris Slingshot or Morgan Three-Wheeler. While still odd, this makes for a much more stable driving experience.

If any of our readers know the skinny on this particular incident, be sure to hit us up on social media or in the comments. Having said that, we’re certain our readers know better than to rubberneck at the scene of a motor vehicle crash, right ?



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