Three Passenger Thrill Ride (3PTR) by John Lazorack III, USA

2006: California.

Scale Model on Display at Michelin Challenge Design™


In 1987 at the age of five years old John Lazorack III learned how to ride a 50cc dirt bike. That day ignited a passion for motion, a passion for power. Growing up building houses with his father he became familiar with how things where built and developed a keen sense for design.

John received 2nd place in ninth grade at the AIS state wide high school architectural competition with out any prior drafting experience. Set on architecture through out most of high school, until the first day he got behind the wheel of an automobile. He graduated with honors in 2000 and enrolled in Penn State University for mechanical engineering. With a passion for mechanical understanding, but a heart for automobiles, he often found himself drawing cars instead of participating in calculus class.

Following his heart he moved to California and is currently enrolled at the Academy of Art focusing in automotive design. John has now developed and excellent sense of design, enjoys extensive problem solving, and has the plans for what’s next.


The vehicle that I designed crosses a fighter jet with a super bike, and carries many characteristics of both fluently throughout the design.

California contains some of the most beautiful, twisty mountain roads in the world. I wanted to create a vehicle that explores the experience of riding a super bike with more than just one passenger. My vehicle uses hub less timed magnetic wheels (frictionless), as means for propulsion. The wheels require unique steering that moves much like a super bike turns. The pivot point of the wheels is moved to the top, instead of the centers, thus gaining immense track offset while hard cornering. The tire size is increased, and carries many characteristics of a motorcycle tire. The contact patch is decreased, thus creating less friction with the road, increased efficiency, and acceleration.

I feel that my design can provide many opportunities in changing the way that cars are propelled today.

The vehicle turns like a motorcycle leans, uses hub less magnetic wheels as a method for proportion, and looks like nothing yet designed. Unique in many ways, seating arrangement, steering and braking, and of course powertrain.