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Wildfire WF800-C – East 10th Street btwn. 1st & A, NYC

January 6th, 2010 by Stu

Wildfire WF650-C - East 10th Street

Notice anything odd about the car pictured here? Well you should. For starters, it’s parked vertically against the curb like a European Smart Fortwo. Look closer and you will notice there are only 3 wheels putting power to the pavement – 2 in the back and 1 in the front. So, despite the full body enclosure and hatchback design, this car is actually not a car at all. Or at least that’s what the DOT thinks because it’s classified and registered as a motorcycle in the U.S. Say hello to the WF800-C, a Chinese-built trike marketed and distributed by Steubenville, Ohio-based Wildfire Motors. For about $8,000 you get a claimed 60 MPG, seating for 4 and a cruising speed of 45 MPH. Power comes from a liquid-cooled four-stroke two-cylinder engine rated at a lawnmower-like 26 horsepower. So you won’t burn much rubber at green lights but the near 1,400 pound curb weight should ensure you arrive sometime before the next Olympics. Just be careful not to get into an accident – this thing is exempt from a lot of safety regs such as airbags and side-impact beams thanks to its motorcycle classification. This one if for sale in case you’re interested.

Thanks for the great pics Eric

Wildfire WF650-C - East 10th Street

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  • The only attention
    this will get is from the cop
    who’s writing out the
    parking ticket…motorcycle or not.

  • Tom response is so true but unfortunate. I think technically it can park vertically but parking attendants will write one anyway.

    For that matter, if you want to increase the penetration of small cars like the Smart in NY and other urban markets, they should be able to park vertically. Also small cars in NY should get to park in garages tax free.

    Also, at 1400 pounds, why don’t they just take it inside?

  • All this car needs is two leg-sized holes in the floor, Fred Flintstone-style, so you don’t have to turn on the engine at all.

  • living in san francisco, I am official jealous of the parking ease of this car!

  • I believe parking laws say the vehicle must be parallel to the curb so this would get a ticket. Teh car looks cool, but only realistic for around town driving

  • I don’t know how I feel about a 3-wheel van..?