Carver One three-wheeler

Carver One
Carver One

After almost four years of waiting, we will finally see a production version of the glorious Carver One three-wheeler. Well, upon closer inspection the hybrid doesn’t look that gorgeous after all. Even these photoshopped images reveal a number of elements that look like an afterthought or an attempt to cut a corner or two to make this thing go on sale as fast as possible.

The vehicle was originally planned to go into production last May but was delayed for some reasons.

Carver One three-wheeler (rear view, cornering)

As you can see on the pictures above and below, the vehicle has a helicopter-like tandem twin-seat closed cockpit but behaves on the road like a motorcycle, banking while cornering with the help of Carver’s own Dynamic Vehicle Control system automatically adjusting the tilt angle to the speed and acceleration of the car.

So, I guess, it may be really fun to drive on a curvy road with good pavement.

Carver One’s main problem is its anemic 660cc, 16 valve engine mated to a five-speed gearbox. Capable of producing a maximum of 68 bhp, it takes about eight seconds to push the vehicle from zero to sixty. Its top speed is also limited to 115 mph.

I hope they will prepare a more powerful Carver Two or something if the Carver One will be of success.

Carver One three-wheeler (side view)
Carver One three-wheeler (front view, cornering)

Carver One technical specification

Dimensions (L / H / W): 3.4 / 1.4 / 1.3-1.6 (max. tilt angle) m
Wheel base: 2.65 m
Fuel tank capacity: 32 L (7 UK gallons – 8 US gallons)
Empty weight: 670 kg (1,477 lb.)
Top speed: 185 km/h (115 mph)
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (60 mph) in 8.2 s
Max. tilt angle: 45°
Max. tilt speed: 85°/s
Turning circle (curb to curb): 9.5 m
Fuel consumption (estimated average): 6 L/100km (1:16 – 45 UK mpg – 40 US mpg)
Engine: 4 cylinder 16 valve turbo intercooler
Displacement: 659 cc
Cooling: water-cooled
Max. power: 50 kW (68 bhp) at 6,000 rpm
Max. torque: 100 Nm (74 lb.ft) at 3,200 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual & reverse
Wheels: double 5-spoke alloy
front: 17″
rear: 15″
Tires: front: 140/70
rear: 195/45
Brakes: discs on all wheels
Front suspension: single-arm with hydraulic shock absorption
Rear suspension: McPherson suspension with rear-wheel steering

Photos: Carver

See also: Volkswagen GX3 three-wheeler