In February 2007, Planet Engineering was formed with “the express purpose of developing a vehicle to re-juvenate and enhance the traditional wind-in-the-hair experience of the original Morgan-type three-wheeler.” Designed by Alan Pitcairn and Dave Kennell, the Ellipse is an open two seater powered by the S&S 96ci (1,575cc) V-twin engine giving the vehicle a top speed in excess of 125 mph and a 0 - 60 time of approximately 6.5 seconds.
The chassis at the front of the vehicle is constructed from round DOM mechanical tubing whilst the rear is constructed from square tubing. The body is self-coloured glass fibre, fully bonded for increased strength and helps to provide the vehicle with a weight of less than 850lbs. It also features removable front and rear sections to allow maintenance. The Ellipse is a “turn key” vehicle that features all new parts and so does not rely on a donor vehicle.
The vehicle in the photograph is the prototype and work is now underway to create production vehicles that will be available with various options.