Could this modern day Isetta be the future of motoring?
An American designer has come up with a vision for a 21st century BMW Isetta.
The Isetta or 'bubble car' as it was known, was a very small two-seater with a motorcycle engine that redefined the idea of a small car, so a modern day version could be just the ticket – especially with the upcoming ban on petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
Justin Hyunjung Cho designed a retro version of the '60s classic that kept to the small proportions of the car, but added an electric motor instead that is ideal for future motoring.
Seeing the Isetta as a car 70 years ahead of its time, Cho decided it was the ideal basis on which to design a modern car.
The drawings show a revolutionary concept whereby the original hinged front end that fully opened, and was in fact the only door on the vehicle, would be replicated with a removable piece of glass. This would move up and over the top of the roof, allowing both occupants to enter and exit the car with ease.
It is also distinguishable as a BMW thanks to the traditional double kidney grilles at the front, resembling those of the current i3 and i8.
It is the same length as the width of a bus. This means it could be parked facing a pavement, like the original Smart Fortwo.
This would not only improve ease of access, but also give extra space for other cars on the road to park.
Cho also believes that the very small Isetta is perfect for commuting. With more than 93 per cent of cars driven alone and 75 per cent of people being alone while driving to work, a car that is so petite could be the answer.