The Carver One has a three wheel configuration: one at the front and two at the back.
The two back wheels are fixed and support the cockpit on a hydraulic tilt system. This allows the front wheel (and cockpit) to tilt like a motorcycle.
The driver (and passenger) are tightly encased in the bullet-like cockpit with a normal car type steering wheel which provides excellent feedback of the road and cornering forces.
The car (can you really call it a car ?) determines the ideal tilt angle by calculating parameters such as speed (especially speed) and angle of turn, so it is pretty fool-proof . . . though it still took me a good ten minutes to get used to it.
And then, imagine driving with your head practically touching the ground in a fast long turn, and feeling entirely safe.
The Carver One is the most exhilarating driving experience I have had in a long time!
The small 660cc 68bhp turbo engine comes from Daihatsu and is extremely rev
happy. The whistling of the turbo is phenomenal and increases the fantastic sensory
experience when you kick the accelerator through a tight bend.
A fully equipped vehicle will be just under 40’000€, which is far from cheap; however, with a production run of ust 150 cars this year, I do not know
how they will amortize the enormous R&D investments involved.
Click on the video above to learn what Top Gear think of the Carver One.
If you already have a reasonable car, this could be the most outrageous and fun-loving second vehicle to own.
Click on the video above for more on the Carver One
Please check out www.carver-worldwide.com for more amazing photos and information.
The Carver One is the closest experience you can get to flying a fighter jet while staying firmly on the road, and Michael Lutolf, who lent me his Carver One, knows what he is talking about: he is a fighter pilot in the Swiss Airforce.
The Carver originated in the early 1990s when the Dutch Anton van den Brink wondered whether it really should take 2.5 tons of steel to transport just one person of, say, 100 kg.
An enthusiastic group of engineers then teamed up with Anton with the aim of developing transport that gave the driver (rider?) the best of both the car and the motorcycle.
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