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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

5 British Sport Three-Wheelers

If the Indonesian people very familiar with the three-wheeled cars via bemo, bajaj, and helicak. Unlike in Europe, the automotive designers and machine manufacturers bold to make the innovative three-wheeled car until it can be accepted by the automotive enthusiasts.

At the beginning of the birth of engined vehicles, the engineers even use a three-wheeled cart to be driven by a steam engine. This three-wheeled vehicles have many names ranging from three-wheeler, triker, tricars to cyclecar, which is basically a three-wheeled vehicle that has a cabin and driven by motorcycle engines. Here is a summary of some triker of the British manufacturer as reported by the Popular Mechanics.

1. Buckland B3 Mark II
The design of three-wheeled cars Buckland B3 Mark II that manufactured in 1983, was actually inspired from a model which made by Dick Buckland ​​before, the Morgan F-Type.
Buckland B3 Mark II. (Picture from: http://www.popularmechanics.com/)
In making Buckland B3, Dick helped by the owner of Lotus, Colin Chapman to design the suspension. Currently the Buckland B3 Mark II design patents owned by Penguin Speed ​​Shop. Overall the Buckland B3 Mark II appearance is very interesting and remarkable vehicle.

This three-wheeled car using Ford Escort engine that powered 80 hp coupled with a four-speed transmition system. Meanwhile, on its body, Buckland using zinc coated steel, fiber glass, and leather seats. In the legs, Dick Buckland pair double wishbone suspension, inboard dampers/springs in the front, and swing arm at the rear wheels.

2. MEV TR1
In contrast to Dick Buckland, Stuart Mills is a designer machine for three and four -wheeled vehicles. With knowledge and experience gained while building a Yamaha YZF-R1, and make the TR1 MEV was a tremendous three-wheeled vehicle. Stuart makes TR1 as sport utility vehicles, but still comfortable for daily use.
MEV TR1. (Picture from: http://www.popularmechanics.com/)
MEV TR1 has a large enough power is around 150 hp, it used a 4-cylinder engine equipped with the Yamaha YZF-R1 liquid-cooled system, and combined with 6 speed transmission systems. TR1 body using a tube frame, combined with panels made ​​of fiber glass. For its legs, Stuart paired double wishbone in front axle and the single swing arm in the rear.

3. Grinnall Scorpion 3
Since officially sold in 1992, Scorpion Grinnall regarded as the perfect standard for the design and manufacture of three-wheeled car. Although considered to be ideal vehicle, some people have mentioned the cockpit section is too open. Wheelhouse and the seating is quite comfortable, although the driver could not see the speedometer because the driver sitting too close.
Grinnall Scorpion 3. (Picture from: http://www.popularmechanics.com/)
Grinall Scorpion uses a BMW 4-cylinder engine which is famous for its toughness and strength, acceleration with smooth acceleration displacement. However, as the designer Mark Grinall admits, there is still discomfort when cornering.

Grinall Scorpion 3 supported with the BMW engines and technology, as well as capable of producing power of 185 hp combined with a 6 speed sequential transmission system. Meanwhile, parts of the body using a steel frame, coated glass fiber and kevlar mix. The Grinall Scorpion 3 legs paired double wishbone for front axle and the single swing arm in the rear.

4. J.A. Prestwich "Japster"
The J.A. Prestwich "Japster" three wheel car is the result of redesign JAP JTO made ​​in the 1920s. The car has a fuel capacity of 1.3 liters, using the crankcases, the boring part is coated ceramics, making "Japster" worthy collectible. Its classic look, making sports cars and cruising is taken into account in the European three-wheeled car lovers.
J.A. Prestwich "Japster". (Picture from: http://www.popularmechanics.com/)
J.A. Prestwich "Japster" use a BMW's V-Twin engine that powered 85 hp, 500 Air-cooled systems, and combined with 6 speed transmission systems. While its body parts using box-tube frame and glass fiber layers. J.A. Prestwich also uses a double wishbone for front axle and the single swing arm in the rear.

5. Blackjack Zero
The former Ford designer, Richard Oakes, has proved his prowess through Blackjak Zero that blends modern tube design that looks both simple and powerful. Richard designed the steering parts are very good, comfortable, and spacious for the driver and passengers.

For engine parts, Richard combines MotoGuzzi technology with the use of four-cylinder VW engine. It seems Richard to rely heavily Guzzi toughness, while for fast acceleration and accurate he relied on the VW.
Blackjack Zero. (Picture from: http://www.popularmechanics.com/)
Three-wheeled cars such thing as "Blackjack" game card, has the power of 90 hp from the Guzzi with 900 Air-cooled V-Twin as its front-wheel drive. Meanwhile, for the gear box, Richard uses four-speed transmition system of the VW technology.

In the semimonocoque body that wrap the steel frame. Meanwhile, the front hood panel reinforced steel tube frame. And the legs is almost the same as the most three wheels car, the double wishbone at the front and swing arm in the rear. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | POPULAR MECHANICS | GALIH PAKUAN | PIKIRAN RAKYAT13022014]
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