Swin­car asks no road

AL­WYN VILJOEN touts ‘ le Spi­der’ to deal­ers look­ing for a new ve­hi­cle to sell

The Witness - Wheels - - INDUSTRY -

EUROPE’S go- any­where Swin­car Spi­der car will soon re­ceive road ho­molo­ga­tion un­der the cat­e­gory of light quadri­cy­cles.

The leg­is­la­tion lim­its the un­laden weight of light all- ter­rain ve­hi­cles to 350 kg, with en­gine power equal or less than 4 kW ( 5,6 horse­power), and the max­i­mum speed lim­ited to 45 km/ h.

They must have ap­proved CE headlights, turns sig­nals, a li­cense plate with light and mir­rors. Swin­car’s Spi­der meet all the re­quire­ments and driv­ers born be­fore 1988 need no li­cence in Europe.

When French de­sign­ing com­pany Me­can­roc launched the Swin­car last year in April, the me­dia raved about its abil­ity to go ab­so­lutely any­where, us­ing four spi­der- like legs to drive each self- pow­ered wheel up any an­gle while keep­ing the pi­lot level in a tilt­ing roll cage.

Each in­de­pen­dently ar­tic­u­lated wheel leans into a turn, with op­tional steer­ing on the rear wheels to en­able the Spi­der to pivot in its own ra­dius, and is pow­ered by a hub­wheel mo­tor.

Swin­car’s busi­ness and fi­nance part­ner Thierry Jammes said the ven­ture next plans to de­ploy the Spi­der out­side recre­ational ar­eas, in­clud­ing civil se­cu­rity, de­fence, agri­cul­ture and farm­ing.

He said Swin­car now also of­fers a two- seater model and an “Joy- stick” ver­sion for users with re­duced mo­bil­ity.

“It has a range which is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing for dis­abled peo­ple, not so much a range as a type of the ba­sic ve­hi­cle. This type al­lows peo­ple with re­duced mo­bil­ity to have ac­cess to it be­cause the arms on both sides which the wheels are at­tached to can open up to al­low ac­cess from a wheel­chair,” Jammes said.

Me­can­roc is now is look­ing for dis­trib­u­tors around the world, of­fer­ing its part­ners a prod­uct with no cur­rent com­peti­tor in the mar­ket, silent and clean en­ergy, sig­nif­i­cant trade mar­gins and lo­cal as­sem­bly us­ing alu­minum tubes, as well as sales of ac­ces­sories and ser­vices

Cus­tomers can chose the di­men­sion­ing of the bat­ter­ies ac­cord­ing to per­sonal use — 2 kWh, 4 kWh or 6 kWh.

Awards

Pre­sented at the Geneva In­no­va­tions Fair in April 2015, this con­cept has re­ceived: • The au­di­ence award. • The gold medal with hon­ours. • The price of in­dus­trial de­sign. • The price of the group of young lead­ers. • The in­ter­na­tional “Grand Prix Award” from the French In­ven­tors.

Swin­car is also: • Win­ner of the In­no­va­tion Tro­phies and Tourism Rhone- Alps 2012. • Moun­tain In­no­va­tive and cer­ti­fied by the In­ter­na­tional Moun­tain Clus­ter in 2013.

More de­tail are avail­able on www. swin­car. fr.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The Swin­car Spi­der needs no road but will keep the pi­lot level in the seat while travers­ing steep slopes.

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