TWIKE 4 – THE X-PRIZE
When Charles Lindbergh was the first to fly non-stop over the Atlantic in 1927, he did so in order to win the Orteig Prize, which has been awarded since 1919 for this achievement. Inspired by this, the X-Prize Foundation has awarded sizeable prizes since 1995 to provide incentives for technical and scientific excellence.
In 2007, the organisation offered the Automotive X-Prize. The goal was to construct an energy-efficient vehicle for everyday use that was also suitable for mass-production. 136 teams from around the world competed. In October 2009, the first pre-selection took place. Thereby, the field was reduced to 43.
Among them, we were the only German team with the redesigned TW4XP. The cryptic name with the racing number 33 meant: “Three-Wheeler for X-Prize”. Meanwhile, we simply call it TWIKE 4. Our gallery shows the TWIKE 4 in Washington and Chicago:
Then it got serious: In numerous races and technical tests, the vehicles were tested and evaluated for efficiency, range, safety and handling characteristics. Soft factors, such as innovation, driving pleasure and desirability of the public were also considered in the evaluation.
At the end of it all in October 2010, Team TW4XP stood in third place with a considerably low consumption rate of at least 1,25 litres/100 km. This result is encouraging. Yet for all the euphoria: The TWIKE 4 was still not good enough for us. We wanted it lighter, even more efficient and to simply make it better in many other details. That is why we are working on the TWIKE 5.
Back in Germany the TWIKE 4 set new standards. The success