Daniel Simon is the vehicle designer for TRON: Legacy, responsible for creating the new 5th generation light cycle. Many of the vehicle's features - such as the length of the cycle increasing alongside its speed and, most importantly, the canopy-free driver's seat - are actually carried over from the original TRON light cycle design by Syd Mead. These features were removed from the original film, and the light cycle's canopy came about due to technical limitations, since there was no way to convincingly combine live-action footage with a computer generated object at that time.
5th generation light cycles are not persistent. They are generated from a baton, with the baton splitting in half and forming the light cycle between the two halves and below the rider. The remaining halves of the baton also form the handlebars of the light cycle. When creating a light cycle from a baton, the rider typically does so with a running leap to assume the necessary posture, and clearance from the ground, to allow the light cycle to form.
Model dimensions: - length - 2820 mm - width - 1094 mm - height - 1097 mm
Designed in Solid Works 2012, rendered in Keyshot 5.0.99.