You have to see the Swincar in action to appreciate what we’re dealing with here, it’s sort of a spider suspension ATV, … sort of. It has pendulum suspension, which means the main body swings within the wheels. Traveling across a slope the body remains vertical while the wheels adapt to the hill. Turning rapidly, the body swings outward tilting the driver into the turn. Wheel travel is extreme and allows the vehicle to traverse deep ditches and clear high obstacles on one side. The Swincar is electric with a motor in each wheel and batteries down low in the chassis. It’s fascinating to watch.
You can probably imagine situations where it would be ideal, though I’m not sure if there are enough of them to give it clear superiority to other vehicles already in existence. As an engineering exercise, they’ve certainly done an excellent job, as a fun vehicle it hits the mark as well. I guess I have to get my head around it a little more to figure out if it does anything not already possible, but it definitely makes for an interesting video. It comes from France, so Vive la difference!
Thanks for the tip, Ted!