Pedal-powered Tilt4orce velocar leans into turns

Tilt4orce Tilting Velocar
The Tilt4orce's name reflects its design, where human force tilts the frame and wheels simultaneously through a mechanism acting on four points of the rear swingarms. Images courtesy Wally Swarchuk

In the realm of pedal-powered transportation, velocars offer an eco-friendly, health-conscious, and enjoyable means of travel. However, their design often comes with a propensity for instability, particularly when navigating turns. Canadian innovator Wally Swarchuk has taken a significant leap in addressing this challenge with his one-of-a-kind creation, the Tilt4orce. This vehicle not only showcases a unique leaning mechanism for enhanced stability and fun but also embodies the ingenuity and perseverance of its creator.

Wally Swarchuk, a 78-year-old retired high school teacher and curriculum writer from Kelowna, British Columbia, has dedicated 16 years to the development of the Tilt4orce. Initially conceived as a recumbent tadpole trike, Swarchuk’s project evolved into a four-wheeled quad to better incorporate the tilting mechanism that defines the Tilt4orce.

This adaptability extends to its ability to transform into a delta trike in under 40 minutes, a feature anticipated to be beneficial with the future addition of an electric-assist motor, complying with governmental regulations on electric vehicles.

Crafted from the ground up, the Tilt4orce features a robust 6061 T6 aluminum alloy frame and body, complemented by 4-mm Coroplast corrugated plastic panels. The vehicle is further enhanced with a plexiglass windshield, custom fiberglass nose and tail sections, and uniquely designed fiberglass wheels.

Tilt4orce Velocar Forward Tilting Canopy
The forward tilting canopy allows for easy ingress and egress.

The tail section is equipped with turn indicators, brake/tail lights, and a 130-liter cargo compartment accessible from the exterior. Plans are also in place to install a headlight in the nose section, alongside an interior 35-liter cargo box, combining practicality with innovative design.

Tilt4orce Tilting Velocar Cargo Compartment
The Tilt4orce features a rear cargo area designed to carry all your essential items.

The Tilt4orce’s drivetrain has undergone modifications from its original 21-speed chain-drive system, gearing down in anticipation of the electric motor addition. Cable-actuated hydraulic disc brakes ensure the vehicle’s stopping power. Despite its comprehensive features, the Tilt4orce maintains a lightweight profile at 51 kg (112 lb) and a width of 75 cm (29.5 in), ensuring it can maneuver through doorways and integrate smoothly into traffic, with a seat height of 45 cm (17.7 in) for visibility.

Tilt4orce Tilting Velocar Width
The Tilt4orce velocar boasts a slim 75 cm width.

Central to the Tilt4orce’s appeal is its custom swingarm suspension system, boasting six swingarms that not only facilitate the vehicle’s unique leaning into turns but also maintain its level on uneven surfaces and over obstacles. Swarchuk describes the tilting mechanism as intuitive and robust, activated by shifting body weight and using hand levers. This system represents the culmination of numerous experiments to perfect the tilt control, emphasizing Swarchuk’s dedication to innovation.

Tilt4orce Tilting Velocar Rear
The rear section of the Tilt4orce is equipped with turn signals and brake/tail lights.

Wally Swarchuk’s Tilt4orce is more than just a mode of transportation; it’s a testament to the joy and fulfillment that comes from problem-solving and creativity. Though Swarchuk has no intentions of commercializing the Tilt4orce, preferring to enjoy its benefits for fitness and recreation, his invention stands as a significant contribution to the world of pedal-powered vehicles. It’s not just about getting from point A to B; it’s about the experience—leaning into corners with a sense of freedom and excitement that traditional velocars can’t match.

Tilt4orce Tilting Velocar Wally Swarchuk
Wally Swarchuk, the mastermind behind Tilt4orce, seated proudly in his innovative velocar creation.

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