Swincar asks no road
ALWYN VILJOEN touts ‘ le Spider’ to dealers looking for a new vehicle to sell
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.
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.
The Swincar Spider needs no road but will keep the pilot level in the seat while traversing steep slopes.