joey ruiter is a vehicle designer who continues to blur the boundaries between transportation and science fiction. the west michigan-based designer has created some truly unique, including his iscoeceles formed ‘tinnie 10 side-by-side’ vessel and his otherworldly ‘consumer car‘. now, he revisits the snowmobile and creates a minimalist machine that pushes the boundaries of conventional vehicle design. 

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joey ruiter’s method is to strip vehicles down to their barebones and craft the form around it in the cleanest way possible. the ‘snoped_two’ starts with a 110 cc yamaha engine, paired with a four speed transmission. he then fitted a timbersled ‘ripper 90’ track system with a singular snow-track. he built around the modest engine with a one clear objective; to create a bold vehicle. the squared bodywork is not aerodynamic, features no special shapes and panels to make it easier for it to cut through air. it is simply there, in its bold shape influenced by café racers. it’s more challenging to ride unlike conventional vehicles as it doesn’t have dual tracks for stability; however it offers a truly thrilling ride. the headlight is tucked away neatly inside the front vertical grille for a clean look. this minimalist snowmobile brings an air of retro-futurism with its clean shapes and pure experience.

  • “more challenging to ride” – you think?! Any monoski is truly a ‘balancing act’ more suited to the circus.


    JimCan says:
  • “it’s more challenging to ride” … short hand for DANGEROUS. I don’t get designers that create dangerous objects.
    I also do see what’s so futuristic about this contraction. He a good adapter of parts. Lauding this as noteworthy is a stretch.

    leonardo sideri says:
  • I like the shape! It is different and interesting to look at. It made me stop and look!
    Good on you mate!

    Maria Leonard says:

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