1984-01-01

An Attempt To Characterize Future Microcars 845073

Microcars can be defined as: enclosed and wheel supported vehicles, stable at standstill and (i) lighter than japanese K-class, kerb weight under 400kg and (ii) 2-seaters compatible with suburban traffic.
After notice of significant past and present designs, the environment, function and anatomy of microcars are examined and compared to light japanese cars and leaning 3-wheelers. Considerations about dynamic data: starting, braking and transverse accelerations; tire and air resistances; safety, allow gross evaluation of dimensions, of positioning track and drive (FWD, 3-wheeler), of power and transmission choice (CVT, energy storage), of brake location and suspension and/or steering specific design.

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