(i.e. Three Tilting Wheels), is a test house company for engineering creativity and innovation, presently part of the Startup Enterprises of Turin Polytechnic Institute.
Stefano Carabelli, founder and chairman of TTW, describes the first project coming to life, temporarily named TTW One
, as a revolution in urban and sub-urban mobility concept, giving birth to a new class of vehicles: the PVC, Personal Commuting Vehicles.
The PVC stay to normal cars as the PC to the early, massive computers: the TTW One is a three wheels compact vehicle conceived for urban and sub-urban transportation for one or two persons.
The design is modern and dynamic, based on a steel framed cell bearing a body with arched roof and a wide windshield.
The lower front is all black, with led lights at the base of the windshield. The two front wheels and the following bending of the cell allows the vehicle to steer easily.
The TTW One can be truly be considered as a mini-car, more than a maxi-scooter, and can be driven with a car license, and no need for the helmet.
The "cell" has been conceived to pass the EuroNCAP safety standards trials, three-wheel drive and dynamic differentials warrant an high level of passive safety. Thanks to his dimensions (1 meter bright, about 3 meter long) and to the peculiar steering system, the TTW One can approach a bow-street with the same ease of a car, but reduced dimensions.
Great attention to the environment: the prototype mounts a hybrid electric powertrain in parallel, a traditional 850 cc engine on rear wheel and two electric drive motors on both front wheels which allow reduction of fuel consumption and emissions. TTW speaks about 100 km of range with two liters of fuel (using all engines), and 25 km with the only electric engines.
Dimensions, lightness (400 kg), aerodynamics and reduced front dimensions increase the performances: top speed is 180 km/h (limited from factory), and speedup is similar to a motorbike (0 to 100 km/h in about 5,5 secs).
What else? We cannot wait to see the TTW One on the road!