Thursday, April 19, 2007

Carver One: Orders being taken now


The 68bhp Carver One should be the perfect tool for your daily commute...

An increasing number of people, it would seem, are just not happy with having a Honda FireBlade and a Honda Civic Type R in their garage. No, they want something more. Something different. Something with three wheels…?

In the last few months, we’ve reported on quite a few three-wheeled contraptions – the Piaggio MP3, the Gilera Fuoco 500, the Campagna T-Rex, the Volkswagen GX3, the Brudeli 625L, the Can-Am Spyder and even the super-fast Acabion GTBO 70, which is not really a three-wheeler, but works like one at lower speeds.


Now imagine overtaking your neighbour's Golf GTI...

So do we need another one? You bet we do. Enter the Carver One, a few units of which were actually first produced and sold back in 2003. Based in the Netherlands, Carver have tweaked and improved their machine over the years, and now this… thing, is all set to go into production. In fact, the Carver One will be made in technical collaboration with Prodrive, one of the world's leading motorsport technology providers.

The Carver One is powered by a turbocharged, 660cc, 16-valve, inline-four from Daihatsu. This engine makes 68 horsepower at 6,000rpm, is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, and powers the 670kg machine from zero to 100km/h in 8.2 seconds and on to a top speed of around 185km/h.


These hopped-up trikes can't really be beat for a spot of fun. Madness...

Of course, the most notable thing about the Carver One is not its acceleration or top speed numbers, but the fact that it steers like a car, and in turns, leans over like a motorcycle! Depending on cornering speed, the One’s Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC) system automatically adjusts its tilt angle, ensuring optimum balance at all times.

Depending on the options you specify, this unique two-seater, three-wheeler costs about US$50,000. We don’t know if that’s good value for money, but it sure should be one hell of a ride!

More details on the Carver One at the official website here.


This video shows the Carver One in action!

Also see:
Some really cool custom bikes
Some interesting trikes!
The Polaris Revolver Sport Quadricycle
The Acabion GTBO 70: 700bhp, 600km/h top speed!


The Carver One, on test on Top Gear

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