Unique Machines: Lean Machine
Fifteen years ago, the designers at Vandenbrink, a company in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, set out to build a slender, two-seat vehicle in which the passenger would sit behind the driver. What they ultimately created is the Carver, a three-wheeled car that requires drivers to lean into turns as they would if piloting a motorcycle. The 47-inch-wide chassis can tilt as far as 45 degrees and can roll from the extreme left to the extreme right in the space of a second, while the vehicle’s two back wheels remain perpendicular to the road. The Carver also achieves an exhilarating top speed of 118 mph. The vehicle, which went into production last year and carries a price tag of $50,000, is street-legal in the European Union but not yet available in the United States.