• Apr 9, 2009
Counter Balance – Click above for high-res image gallery

Sometimes the words fail us. Here in the press room at the New York Auto Show, though, people had all sorts of things to say about the Counter Balance, um, truck ... thing ... concept ... vehicle. The best of the bunch: "That's what happened when a Carbon Motors police car had a night of illicit sex with the Batmobile." However you want to describe it, the Counter Balance demands your attention. So, now that we're all looking... what is this thing, exactly?

The designer, who runs Barkan Designs, says the Counter Balance is a compact pickup truck (seriously). Where most engineers would put a pickup's engine (i.e., in front), the Counter Balance has empty space and there is an five-foot bed in back (it can extend an additional two feet, too). The engine sits low in the middle of the vehicle, which necessitates that the rear seats be bumped stadium style, which explains the awkward secondary window hump.

According to the company's press literature, the Counter Balance is also "light, efficient and environmentally friendly," mostly because you could theoretically burn biofuels or CNG to move down the road and because, as the designer says, the vehicle "keeps its dimensions as compact as possible." Compact dimensions apparently don't apply to height in Judge Dreddland, however...



[Source: Barkan Design]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Theres no god......
        • 5 Years Ago
        The styling sucks, but the idea of a mid-engine truck is vaguely interesting. A little flat-four Subaru motor down there would work even better, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like some sort of fiberglass-bodied George Barris custom beach machine from the 70s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Sea Ray built trucks, they would look like this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Judge Dread trucks were literally the first things I thought of when I saw this! I love those trucks. This would be better if they had just made the cab one large dome instead of the elevated seating in the back. Just round it all the way to match the height in the back. Sure it would look a bit more like an 18 wheeler and you'd lose some height clearance but it would look so much better and a lot less awkward... probably be easier to move around inside of too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Homer designed a truck...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Homer? What about Spongebob? Does it go in the water?
      • 5 Years Ago
      And what's the story with those wheel arches? Someone has more money than taste, I think.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is an abomination!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What the hell is it??
        • 5 Years Ago
        The question isn't what so much as it is why???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. Ugly and pointless enough to be a Scion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh the humanity!
      richard Palovani
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like the little brother to this classic car, the mammoth car from speedracer
      http://www.speedracer.com/viewEpisode.asp?s=mammothCar
      only red vs yellow
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Big Dump Truck That Wanted to Be a Taxi.
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