... the gate goes far. With this first verse from the famous Advent song of the same name even the fans of the smallest BMW at the time described the ingeniously different way of entering the Isetta. The door of the Isetta opened to the front, but tilted slightly upwards due to the inclined axle.
The TWIKE 5 will also allow itself a special solution when entering the car and thus again impressively proves the genes of the TWIKE 3. However, the ergonomics have been further developed and so we will only have to lift the foot over a comparatively low side skirt when entering a TWIKE 5.
In the specifications for the access opening, requirements were listed such as easier access, higher rigidity of the body, larger viewing angles, low weight, low centre of gravity, simple mechanics, few moving parts, good water drainage, etc. The solution was not immediately obvious, as the opening mechanism is strongly dependent on the design or the pleasing implementation of the opening process. And if the opening of the TWIKE 4 was closed with a simple fabric, experiments with room models of a hinged door and the optimal alignment of the diagonal opening axes were already carried out on the wooden model of the TWIKE 5. The question was always raised as to how the construction could be made even more ergonomic, even lighter and even more robust.
The tried and tested vertical swivel opening of the TWIKE 3 was reinvented, but without the heavy windscreen and with a better-located rotary axis. The design result will then be incorporated into the upcoming design briefing in mid-February. Then the new requirements for the exterior surfaces will be incorporated, and we will also start with the interior design. We are as excited as you are! :-)