A new high-end vehicle will be rolling off of an assembly line in Culpeper this month. It's different from almost anything else out there on the roads.
Part motorcycle and part car, The Invader has loads of power and leg room thanks to a patented design invented by car designer Sandy Hall and his partner David Young.
“They are an integrated transmission and motor,” Young said. “It's a very powerful high boost engine, 200 horsepower, 1300 CC and it powers the Invader at 150 mph, zero to four seconds.”
The “autocycle” can go 150 mph. It has two wheels in front and one in back and a steering wheel instead of handle bars.
“This is a three-wheel vehicle. It is very stable, it drives and handles like a fine automobile but it still gives you the thrill and the wind and the speed of a motorcycle,” Young said.
With a shell body, it's different from other three-wheeled choices and more protective than two-wheeled cruisers or race-inspired bikes.
Hall and Young chose a new site to manufacture the Invader after plans for Detroit fell through.
“We said, ‘let’s bring it back to Culpeper where we can have an active and direct role in assembly,’” Young said.
Plans for ramped up assembly include new jobs in Virginia.
“We do have forecasts of up to five years of getting up to 4,000 vehicles a year and that is more than 330 employees,” Young said.
The invader costs about $50,000 and it gets about 30 miles to the gallon. Village Motorsports dealership near Orange County will be one of the first dealerships to sell Invaders.
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