The Urban Jet is eerily remeniscent of the BMW CLEVER, although the back end and leaning system is different - CLEVER & Carver both use rams to tile the passenger copartmet relative to the rear module. The leaning system is like the BMW SIMPLE, or Carlos Calleja\'s motorcycle trike conversions, amongst others. I.E., there is nothing new under the sun! The rear mudguards need to allow room for suspension and tilting movement, but why isn\'t the front wheel enclosed, to improve aerodynamics (thereby increasing range...)? Is this a free-tilter, or is the tilt assisted in some way?
Why is there a \"race\" to build these things? Who are their target market? And at 130mph, it\'s a good way to reduce your population! It may be \"bullet proof\", but I doubt it\'s Chevy Suburban proof! Ed
until these machines move to either a wider front tire or two front tires (in a tadpole configuration; one wheel in back, two up front), they will continue to use up front tires quickly on account of all of the turning and braking forces that go through the front tire.
What is wrong with these designers? For years now it has been well understood that the way to make a 3 wheeler that will handle and give good service life is to put the two wheels in front. But no, they keep trying to make a \"sleek\" single front wheel machine. It won\'t work. Stupid.
I don\'t think front tire wear was the biggest issue with the Carver. The biggest issue was the ridiculous price tag.
Will, the tink
Because of such restrictive safety laws and mandates we have now for cars licensed in the US we miss out on all the cool micro-cars that are now or have been introduced in Europe and other places. The only alternative is the 3-wheeler vehicle registered as a motorcycle (much less restrictive). I agree with other commentors here saying that the tadpole configuration with two steering wheels in front is a much better platform. I just wish those that attempt to manufacture something concentrate more on economy instead of building rocket sleds, delivering a good-looking vehicle that is at a very moderate price point! Cushman did a pretty good job years ago but they also used the delta configuration which made them tippy on corners. My favorite was the sixties model \"Trucksters\" with the little pickup bed in back and a enclosed cabin with round windshield!
Glad to see another company increasing exposure for this style of aerodynamic vehicle. I am waiting for the big players to catch on and make highly efficient, fully faired motorcycle/trike.
I agree about the 2 wheels at front and 1 behind design as being more efficient. This is common knowledge in the velomobile designing community.
Also agree with you william about focusing on economic performance rather than acceleraton and top speed. It does not take much power to get all the usable speed (highway speed) you need if the fairing design minimises wind resistance. This is no better demonstrated than by elite sprint cyclists who generate no more than 2kW of power. The world record for 200m flying start on a normal bike is about 82km/h. On a fully faired bike it is about 132km/h !! Amazing that highway speeds are achieved with less than 2kW (granted there are practical considerations for a commuting vehicle that would reduce the aerodynamics).
Angelo Constantine
The designers are clever going with the two wheels in the rear. It\'s a safety feature.... all the drongos in motocars will acknowledge this machine as a car not a bike if it had only the one wheel out back..
The one vehicle of this configuration that I liked, both for size and function, is a single seater with a 400 c.c. engine. It was called The Lean Machine, built by GM in the eighties. I saw this machine at Epcot Center and was quite impressed with its performance. Perhaps tire wear is not an issue with this size of machine.
Christian Marcus
It\'s great! This (link below) is the one I\'m driving around Copenhagen everyday built in the late 80ies. It\'s stats are completely hopeless compared to the new one, but the functionality is superb.!