Press Release:

Carver One production kicks off
In 2003 the first exclusive series of hand-made Carvers was produced. Receiving rave reviews from the press and industry watchers worldwide, these first Carvers sold out in record time and were shipped to various enthusiastic owners throughout the world.

Tweaked and fine-tuned to perfection, the Carver One is now ready for global commercialisation. Production of the first batch of a limited series of 500 hand-crafted Carver Ones will start in May 2006.

Carver Europe (‘Carver’) has appointed several distributors around Europe and in the USA, and together with them is currently taking orders. Clients can sign up now to secure their position in the order book as production and delivery will be on a ‘first ordered – first served’ basis. First deliveries are expected in June/July 2006

About the Carver One
The Carver One is a unique slender, three-wheeled, twin-seat tilting vehicle combining the exciting agility ofa motorcycle and the comfort and safety of a car. Being steered like a car it banks like a motorcycle, the Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC™) system automatically adjusting the tilt angle to the speed and acceleration of the vehicle, thus ensuring an optimum balance at all times. The Carver One has been granted fullEuropean type approval and various initiatives to obtain certification outside Europe have been launched. In Europe, a car driver’s licence is required to drive a Carver One. In the USA most states require either a carlicence or a motorcycle licence. For tax purposes the Carver One is registered as a motorcycle in most countries. The Carver One is sold and serviced worldwide through a network of specialised distributors and dealers (www.carver-europe.com).

The Carver One is the world’s first-ever commercially available tilting three-wheeled vehicle. It is steered like a car but when cornering, it banks like a motorcycle or an aeroplane. The thrill of this tilting capability combined with the handling of a sports car makes for an exhilarating driving experience unlike any other! The cockpit seats the driver and passenger in a tandem configuration. The removable body-coloured roof panel, alloy wheels, sports interior and design aluminium accents are part of a comprehensive standard package. Each Carver One can be personalised through additional options such as metallic or special paint, leather seats and engine tuning.

Here is something that will make you go out of your way to find curvy roads: the Carver One! You steer it like acar, but when cornering it banks like a motorcycle while you feel like you are flying a jetfighter. The thrill of this tilting capability combined with the handling of a sports car makes for an exhilarating driving experience unlike any other!

The Carver One is the world’s first-ever commercially available tilting three-wheeled vehicle. It is steered like a car, but when cornering it banks like a motorcycle, creating the impression of flying a jetfighter. The mechanical-hydraulic Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC™) system automatically adjusts the tilt angle, ensuring an optimum balance at all times, resulting in an agile but safe, stable and comfortable platform. The thrill of this tilting capability combined with the handling of a sports car, makes for an exhilarating driving experience unlike any other.

Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder 660cc, 16 valve, five-speed rear-mounted engine that produces 68 bhp, the Carver One goes from 0 to 60 mph in 8 s and attains a top speed of 115 mph. An extremely safe and enclosed ‘monocoque’ cockpit structure seats the driver and passenger in a tandem configuration. The removable body-coloured roof panel, alloy wheels, sports interior and design aluminium accents are part of a comprehensive standard package. Each Carver One can be personalised through additional options such as metallic or special paint, leather seats and engine tuning.

Key information
The Carver One is a slender, three-wheeled, twin-seat tilting vehicle. You steer it just like a car and it reacts just like a motorcycle, or better still, an aeroplane: when cornering, it banks. But unlike a motorcycle where the rider adjusts the tilt angle by shifting their weight, the Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC™) system of the Carver One automatically adjusts the tilt angle to the speed and acceleration of the vehicle, thus ensuring an optimum balance at all times. The Carver One combines the exciting agility of a motorcycle with the comfort and safety of a car: the best of both worlds. The thrill of this tilting capability combined with the handling of a sports car makes for an exhilarating driving experience unlike any other!

Price
In Europe, the Carver One (European specifications) is available from 29,950 euros (ex works). A Carver One full option (metallic exterior, leather/alcantara interior trim, spoiler, shadow wheel pack, turbo meter, radio/CD/MP3 type C, navigation, soft top, luggage bag, engine tuning) is available from 37,560 euros (ex works) (European specifications – prices valid until 31 December 2006).

Clients are advised to contact their local distributor for the correct price for registration in their country. If someone wants to register the Carver One in a country where we have not yet appointed a distributor, they should contact Carver Europe for the correct price.

Practical information
The Carver One has been granted full European type approval and various initiatives to obtain certification outside Europe have been launched. In Europe, a car driver’s licence is required to drive a Carver One. In the USA most states require either a car licence or a motorcycle licence. For tax purposes the Carver One is registered as a motorcycle in most countries.

The making of the Carver One…
It must have been late ‘80s, early 90′s when Anton van den Brink wondered whether it really should take 2.5 tons of steel to transport just one person of, say, 100 kg. Instead of enjoying the splendours of Paris he was stuck in a hideous traffic jam, long before the larger European cities were considering congestion charges in an attempt to cut down on emissions arising from too many vehicles clogging the roads.

He was convinced that mobility could be made more efficient by moving that same person using only a fraction of the space and fuel consumption without giving in on comfort and safety. What he envisaged was a man-wide lightweight vehicle. Back in Holland he further developed the concept.

The first test prototype was an enclosed ‘motorcycle’ with a small frontal area to reduce fuel consumption. Just like a motorcycle it had two wheels and therefore needed two additional telescopic support wheels to provide stability when the vehicle was standing still. This first concept car, however, required special driving skills to say the least.

Obviously, for the vehicle to cater for the average car driver, it had to be modified. Stability at low speeds or at rest requires at least three wheels. In order to provide stability in corners as well, the body of the vehicle would have to be made to tilt. This should come as no surprise: banking is the only natural way to take corners. By bringing the centre of gravity towards the centre of the curve, just as airplanes, bikers and snowboarders do, stability would be guaranteed.

The real breakthrough came in 1994 with the development of the Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC™) concept by Anton’s son Chris and his colleague Harry Kroonen, both aeronautical engineers at Brink Dynamics. Incidentally, Chris Van den Brink had been a fervent (professional) snowboarder and one of the pioneers of alpine snowboard development. The DVC™ system would automatically translate the ‘car type steering’ input into an optimal ‘motorcycle type banking’ of the chassis.

The first actual vehicle concept using the DVC™ system was realised in 1995. This narrow tilting three-wheeler proved to be more than the validation of the concept: it turned out to be extreme fun to drive! This aspect would also prove to be paramount to the vehicle’s acceptance and ultimate success.

In the years that followed, successive versions of the vehicle concept were developed, fine-tuning the hydraulic tilting mechanism and the steering system. The Dutch police put the prototype to the test in 1997, and in the summer of that year it was officially approved for road use by the Dutch National Road Authority.

Having realised a roadworthy vehicle, the next step was then to optimise the driving dynamics to improve vehicle safety and control, and to enhance the driving experience. Not just the handling was scrutinised. Until then the vehicle’s looks had been of secondary importance: a barely covered bar frame, highly functional but offering plenty of room for improvement. Johan Vissers, one of the engineers who had been involved in the development of the earlier prototypes, was commissioned to create an entirely new styling that would stand the test of time.

The 1999 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show premiered the design concept of what would become known as the Carver, nothing short of a revolution in automotive history.

The engineers at Brink Dynamics were not the only ones to have tried to overcome the problem of a narrow vehicle cornering without tipping over. Several established car manufacturers have made serious attempts to develop narrow (tilting) vehicles, but Brink Dynamics’ engineers were the only ones to pull it off successfully and to produce a system that has made it to commercial production.

Indeed, with EU type certification granted in 2002, there was little left in the way of commercialisation. The first exclusive series of hand-made Carvers was manufactured in 2003. Receiving rave reviews from the press and industry watchers worldwide, these first Carvers sold out in record time and were shipped to various enthusiastic owners throughout the world.

Further road testing and validation by these first owners has resulted in the Carver One, which is now ready for larger scale commercialisation under the wings of Carver Europe.

Strategically located in the centre of Europe with head offices in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, Carver Europe (‘Carver’) was founded in 2005 to co-ordinate the sales and service of the Carver One in Europe and the rest of the world. The worldwide sales and service network is currently being rolled out. First distributors have been appointed and discussions with partners worldwide are underway.

Production of the first batch of a limited edition of 500 hand-crafted vehicles will start in May 2006; first deliveries to customers are scheduled for July 2006. For the production, Carver has teamed up with Prodrive, one of the world’s leading motor sport and vehicle technology providers. True to its roots, however, the engineering facility remains located in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, where it al started 15 years ago.

Price this car:
MSRP: 29,950 – 37,560 euros
Invoice: not available yet
Source: Carver Press Release

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