A Hybrid Vehicle Leaning Toward the Future: The 3VG (PART II)

The 3VG hybrid vehicle combines the attributes of a car and handling characteristics of a motorcycle.



3VG in Action
Cambering helps the 3VG maintain its footing in turns.
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3VG Chassis
The 3VG's multitubular chassis and engine-moounting subframe.
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Rear Wheel Suspension
Our vehicle's rear wheel and swing-arm suspension.
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Pivoting Torsion Bar
A pivoting torsion bar and unequal-length A-arms put the - lean - into the front suspension.
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Front Suspension
This diagram of the front suspension gives and accurate representation of how it is put together.
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3VG's Appeal
The essence of the 3VG's appeal lies in its leaning ability . . . and the apparatus that determines the status of the vehicle at any given time combines mechanical, hydraulic, and electronic technology.
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The Qwik Silver Carburetor
The 34-mm Qwik Silver: Actual highway mileage (at speeds of 40-50 MPH), which with the completely stock engine had been as low as 35 miles per gallon, increased to a high of 53 MPG with the carb fine tuned and the final gearing established at a point suitable for both acceleration and cruising.
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