|Simonov tests the 'Roaring Mouse' prototype at the Moscow Air Show parking lot in 2010|
The success of his electronics company kept development of Sinclair's personal transport dream on the back burner, but batteries and electric motors were always being tested and designed, usually by Chris Curry (later founder of Acorn computers). A door of opportunity opened in 1983; a new British law decreed that vehicles with a top speed under 15mph could be ridden by 14 year olds, without a helmet or driver's license. Sinclair hired Lotus Cars Ltd to design a monococque plastic body with steel spine chassis, for a 3-wheel vehicle with an electric motor and 'light pedal assistance'.
|The waterproof 'c5ondom' protected the driver in the wet|
|The original C5 of 1985, with 14-year-old driver|
|The 'business end' of the C5Jet, with engine cover removed.|
|Paul d'Orléans, chief road tester of L'Vintagent, ready to try the C5Jet.|