The Carver has been in existence since 1993 as a prototype and
as exclusive hand built commercial machines. But as of June
2006 Carver customers started receiving the first deliveries
of the 'mass produced' version. Sadly this wasn't to last as
the company was forced to file for bankruptcy in 2009.
Originally there were plans for a worldwide network of dealerships.
And with it's unique tilting mechanism it could have taken the
world by storm. But sadly it didn't.
Everything anyone could want in a sports vehicle
F1 driver Jenson Button said of the Carver One, "Absolute
madness... Fantastic!". While Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear
fame claimed: "
never had so much fun in a car, really
and truly. And I dont think Id ever get tired of
it!". Praise indeed.
Basically the Carver One is a 3 wheeled, tandem two seat sports
car which wants to be a motorcycle. While the occupants sit
in all the comfort found in a car, the Dynamic Vehicle Control
(DVC) system automatically adjusts the tilt angle of the body
to suit the speed and acceleration, ensuring that the vehicle
remains stable and firmly planted to the road.
Power for the Carver One comes from a rear mounted 659cc turbocharged
4 cylinder running
through a 5 speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels.
Features and factory options for the Carver One:
- Electric windows
- Leather or alcantara upholstery
- Radio/CD/MP3 player
- GPS navigation
- Ashtray, drinks holder and 12v socket
- Built in class III alarm
review by Manfred on 04th August 2010.
I think the Carver One is fantastic in many ways, but for such
a hefty price tag. There should have been a convertible version.
I believe not much more technology was needed to make the changes.
I would love to try driving one someday. I am sure it would
be great in many ways! I'm just not so sure it won't feel somewhat
claustrophobic after a while - sitting in what seems to be a
bubble or capsule, slightly larger than one's head. Hence, having
the same with the option of a convertible version would be great
I believe! I'm sure the top will go on only in very bad weather
- most of the time!