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FOUR wheels are just too many for some people and every so often someone tries to prove we can all get by fine on just three.

Remember the classic Bond Bug three-wheeler - that trendy fibreglass orange cheese wedge of a two-seater?

Well, the latest incarnation of the three-wheeled two-seater is the Vandenbrink Carver, a kind of car/bike hybrid. Between the rear wheels is a 65bhp 660cc turbocharged four-cylinder motor. The passenger and driver sit in line in a pod that leans into the corner.

The tilting is controlled by a Dynamic Vehicle Control system that monitors speed and front-wheel angle to achieve the best balance.

Top speed is around 110mph and 0-62mph takes 8.2 seconds, which is a lot more than the Bond Bug could do.

Prices start at pounds 20,500
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 1, 2005
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