The Magic Carpet is a smaller version of the original Personal Tracked Vehicle (PTV) on which you stand up to ride. It has been called a Segway on Steroids. The Magic Carpet features a 6.5 horsepower engine, combined with a CVT transmission and a differential axle to deliver power separately to each track. Like the PTV, the Magic Carpet utilizes brake steering to turn. By applying a brake to one or the other track, the opposite track is allowed to turn free, rotating the vehicle. The Magic Carpet features a unique steering mechanism that applies the brakes by turning the handlebar naturally to steer to the left or right. This steering system also allows the brake to be applied to both tracks for panic stopping, using a single lever. Another unique feature is the suspended ride platform. An air spring in combination with a hinged platform provides a simple, cost effective system for a smooth ride that is adjustable for drivers of different weights. A Magic Carpet vehicle will set you back around $1800 to build. Build plans are available for this vehicle. See the slideshow for more photos of the Magic Carpet, and see the demonstration video. The Magic Carpet (and yours truly) appeared on national television on the History Channel’s auction show series premiere episode of Sold! on April 11, 2012.
- Uses old truck tires as treads.
- Designed for off-road use.
- Welding required to build.
- Difficulty: Medium