Tackle crazy terrain and environmentally friendly? That’s what Swincar is setting out to do with its ‘spider car.’ The model borrows the company’s name, but the spider-like suspension earns Swincar its nickname.
What does it do? Think ATV without the gas-powered engine and the addition of a fully-independent suspension. And when I say fully, I mean to an extreme. Each wheel is powered by its own electric motor and is suspended on a spider-like limb.
If you’ve ever been on an ATV, steep grades are the best and the most dangerous. I’ve scaled enough to be skeptical at the base of each one. The fear of tipping end over end is baked into your psyche in rural Alabama.
See a steep hill that you think might be a 70 percent gradient? No problem. What about riding across a 50 percent gradient? Check that box too. Though, I don’t know if I’m going to be the one to crank it up and look for either. Someone else can go out of their way to test the upper limits.
It’s not just trails and hills for a Swincar. No, it can handle regular roads too. Hit a turn at high speed and it leans into a turn. The four wheels stay planted on the road, but you get that motorcycle lean with the driver seat tilting.
I can see tearing up the Little River Canyon Rim Road in this. Plenty of windy roads.
It’s electric, and the model put forward by Frenchmen Pascal Rambaud, Jerome Arsac and Thierry James has each wheel powered by up to 1.5 kW motors. Depending on how it’s configured, the recreational vehicle will have 2, 4 or 6 kW in total engine power.
That won’t blow the doors off by any stretch, but it’s not hard to envision bigger motors and larger batteries. It will need both if it wants to compete against traditional ATVs.
It already wins in uniqueness with the suspension, and it’s emission free. Now? Swincar needs to get it production-ready and with more options.
The company is seeking investors, distributors, supply and manufacturing partners to get the recreational vehicle to the masses.
Looking at it, you have to admit you want one. My front yard has a perfect hill for this. One of the perks of not living in the city. Here’s to Swincar getting into production. I want to take it for a spin.