Ben Gulak thinks there’s a ready market for a high-performance extreme sports vehicle that goes up to 30 miles an hour and boasts a three-foot turning radius. Designing his dream—the DTV Shredder—has been a long and arduous process, but the seasoned automotive engineer refused to hurry it into production. Why rush when you’re all of 23 years old?
A science prodigy who says he never much liked science class, Gulak began his career when he was 17 in Oakville, Ont. With the goal of winning Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair, he decided to make a vehicle for his senior project that would combine the technology of the electric Segway upright two-wheeler with the sleekness of a motorcycle. The result was the Uno, an electric vehicle that could transform from unicycle into motorcycle mid-ride with the flip of a switch. Gulak hoped to market the Uno to consumers in Asia as an eco-friendly transportation option.