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Andrew English#039;s column

wheelers have moved on Del Boy Trotter#039;s Reliant Regal thankfully

Three wheels on my went the old Bacharach/Hilliard song by the New Christy Minstrels. I’ve got a we’ll be hearing more of tune in the future. Mention nowadays, and you’ll likely be of Del Boy Trotter’s Reliant Regal or a Seventies’ orange Bond But these machines have a and very honourable history – and now coming back.

In the earliest days, Nicolas-Joseph 1769 steam wagon and Benz’s 1885 Patent were three-wheelers with front rims and twin This was not the configuration chosen by HFS for his first model, the 1909 Morgan Runabout. HFS chose has become recognised as the most of all such layouts; two rims with the engine out front the single rear wheel. So in fact, that in 1929, Stewart set an hour-long 101mph in her Morgan at Montlhéry in France.

When BMW licensed manufacture of the BMW/Isetta bubble car, it probably one of the least stable with twin wheels at the and a 600cc motorcycle engine at the on one side driving the rear In 1991, BMW tried again its original C1 concept, a tilting three-wheeler (much like the 1997 F300 Life and it has recently returned to this The CLEVER uses two computer-controlled actuators to tilt the cabin up to 45 in corners, which alters its of gravity and keeps it from over. It has a 230cc, single-cylinder natural gas engine, and achieves and about 111mpg.

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BMW also had a hand in last Peugeot 20Cup, a two-seat concept using the four-cylinder petrol engine jointly by the duo. Fun is the name of the game with an 18-inch rear and racy looks. Peugeot it will never produce the which leaves the way clear for VW to its GX3 trike concept to Californian with a taste for flies in teeth. This modern of a Morgan Aero was shown at LA Motor Show. It has side-by-side with two front wheels and a 18-inch rear. It is powered by a petrol engine, which let it sprint from 0-62mph in 5.7 and should cost less £10,000.

Actually, the 20Cup and the GX3 are pretty for three-wheelers. In 1988, racer and Mark Hales tested Spencer’s fearsome alcohol-fuelled Morgan Aero, which Mallory Park faster a Sierra Cosworth racing Also, Peugeot, VW and BMW have understood the dynamic instabilities of vehicles. Instead, they’ve modern tyres and electronic to restrict the dynamic envelope.

Although all the big makers think have reinvented the three-wheeler, it never went away. few years, they remember the and produce an eye-catching concept to show headlines. VW’s GX3 just be the first production from a major firm, but hold your breath. For I’m just singing: “Higgity, hoggety, high. Pioneers, never say die. ”

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