Swincar goes solar

Swincar goes solar

The Swincar electric off-road vehicle can now be charged with Solar Panels!  This October, a customer driving a production vehicle equipped with mobile solar panels crossed a desert using 100% solar energy: a 500 miles, 12 days of “off-the grid down under” adventure …Swincar goes solar! 

The Simpson Desert is located in a uninhabited part of Australia, and covers an area of more than 100,000 square miles. ​Its extreme desert climate makes living (and driving!) conditions particularly difficult.

Take a look at the innovative solar charging panels used to re-charge the vehicle.  This adaptation really makes the Swincar fully autonomous – no searching for electric outlets to power up!

Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) has been bringing new innovations for outdoor fun to Chattanooga since 2018, with unique products like the Swincar E-Spider off-road vehicle; a full set of Personal Transportation Devices such electric unicycles, mini-electric bikes and HoverShoes from InMotion, Enzo e-bikesE-Scootersmini-Segways, e-Skateboards and hoverboards for fun around town, and the Lift E-foilKymera e-jet bodyboard, Manta e-SUP and the Schiller waterbike for great times on the water! While you’re at ASI, experience the latest in Virtual Reality to bring the great outdoors inside, the FingerCoaster design-it-yourself rollercoasterFlymax: Extreme Hang gliding simulator, and Vertigo: Walk The Plank! There is nowhere else where you can experience (and buy!) all of these exciting products in one place, with new equipment being introduced all the time. ASI helps make Chattanooga one of the most unique and fun places to live and to visit!

Off-Road driving for everyone

Off-Road driving for everyone

Yes! off-roading for everyone…

2020 was the ‘year of accessibility’ for Swincar. The year saw the introduction of so many new developments for drivers with adaptive needs, we thought it would be worthwhile to do a quick summary of everything you can do to make your Swincar work for you, or someone you know that may need to customize their controls.

Original mobility features:
1. The pendulum design and articulating swingarms keeps you upright and driving with ALL FOUR WHEELS ON THE GROUND.
(Disclaimer: Rollovers are still possible – drivers with limited mobility should take any and all relevant precautions – but they are FAR less likely in Swincars than in any other off-road vehicle on the market.)

2. Every vehicle comes equipped with hand-controlled braking and acceleration.  Also, the thumb throttle can easily be moved to the right or left side of the formula one-type steering wheel.

3. Telescoping tie rods on the swing arms make for easy transfers to and from wheelchairs.

4. The reclining rallye seat has a deeper seat pocket than our standard seat, with higher hip guards – really minimizes potential to slip out of the seat for those with less muscle control below the waist. 

If you’ve been with us for a while, the features listed above are old news for the Swincar. These functions have been a part of Swincar since the beginning, and they work really well for drivers with good upper-body mobility. The goal in 2020 was to open Swincar driving to peoplewithout full upper-body mobility!

So here’s the new stuff:

  1. The Push-Pull Steering Module

Great for folks without the finger strength or dexterity to safely operate the standard hand brakes and throttle. This option allows drivers to control their speed by pulling and pushing the steering wheel towards and away from them.

6. Power Steering
This option is going to significantly reduce how much work your shoulders have to do to control your Swincar. The power steering module makes for an easier driving experience and even reduces the “degrees to turn,” which means you don’t need to turn the steering wheel quite as far to execute sharp turns.

  1. Enhanced Battery Gauge

For drivers with reduced mobility, running out of power out in the woods is a true safety concern.  Swincar’s new enhanced Battery Monitor gives the driver a large visual display showing how much power is remaining, to help ensure you head to a power supply for a re-charge in plenty of time. 

8. Joy Stick Configuration
This option is for our off-road travelers with very little upper-body mobility. You don’t have to worry about a steering wheel, you don’t have to worry about hand brakes. Just a joystick. It’s the simplicity of a powerchair, with all the capability and independence of a Swincar. So it’s way more power and way less chair.

Everybody’s different, and the engineers at Swincar are never done tinkering, but these developments are going to redefine mobility and outdoor recreation for ALOT of people. We couldn’t be more excited to get more people into our eco-friendly and highly adaptive off-roader!

Give us a call or shoot us a message if you want more details about some of the new options! 

 

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Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) has been bringing new innovations for outdoor fun to Chattanooga since 2018, with unique products like the Swincar E-Spider off-road vehicle; a full set of Personal Transportation Devices such electric unicycles, mini-electric bikes and HoverShoes from InMotion, Enzo e-bikesE-Scootersmini-Segways, Evolve e-longboards and hoverboards for fun around town, ChattaScooter (private on-demand scooter rentals), and the Lift E-foilKymera e-jet bodyboard, Manta e-SUP and the Schiller waterbike for great times on the water! While you’re at ASI, experience the latest in Virtual Reality to bring the great outdoors inside, the FingerCoaster design-it-yourself rollercoasterFlymax: Extreme Hang gliding simulator, and Vertigo: Walk The Plank! There is nowhere else where you can experience (and buy!) all of these exciting products in one place, with new equipment being introduced all the time. ASI helps make Chattanooga one of the most unique and fun places to live and to visit!

ASI also offers group events – BIG adventures for your small group (5-20):
- Celebrate special occasions (birthday, bachelor/bachelorette, etc.)
- Group adventures (church groups, scout trips)
- Have fun with your co-workers and learn to work better together in one of our Team Building sessions
- Learn in our STEM academic field trips for home-schooled groups, summer camps or middle and high schools.

There is nowhere else where you can experience (and buy!) all of these exciting products in one place, with new equipment being introduced all the time. ASI helps make Chattanooga one of the most unique and fun places to live and to visit!

Guide Story: Swincars with Chris Taylor

Hi fellow adventurers! I’m Chris, and I moved to Chattanooga and joined the ASI team at the beginning of July. The Swincar guide job -or Adventure Guide- has been one wild ride after the next and it is a great reminder that there is always something new to discover in the outdoor industry. 

If, like me, you are looking to discover exciting new technologies and beautiful new spaces to play outside, you’ve got to check out the Swincar. Think, four-wheeler meets dune buggy meets spider, all wrapped up in a sustainably-built, all-electric package. And they. Are. Powerful. Just last week my co-guide, Reilly, and I digitally mapped and timed over 14 miles of trails at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. We do almost all of our tours there, and every now and then, it is important that we get out and just explore. You know…for research.

We made sure to “investigate” every rock, fallen tree, hill, and hairpin curve, testing every obstacle to maximize for critical “wow” factors and fun variables. I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that we know all the best places to both practice Swincar basics, and to really test the capabilities of the cars. Big thanks for Reflection Riding for giving us the perfect place to explore!

Here’s to new discoveries!

Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) has been bringing new innovations for outdoor fun to Chattanooga since 2018, with unique products like the Swincar E-Spider off-road vehicle; a full set of Personal Transportation Devices such electric unicycles, mini-electric bikes and HoverShoes from InMotion, Enzo e-bikesE-Scootersmini-Segways, e-Skateboards and hoverboards for fun around town, and the Lift E-foilKymera e-jet bodyboard, Manta e-SUP and the Schiller waterbike for great times on the water! While you’re at ASI, experience the latest in Virtual Reality to bring the great outdoors inside, the FingerCoaster design-it-yourself rollercoasterFlymax: Extreme Hang gliding simulator, and Vertigo: Walk The Plank! There is nowhere else where you can experience (and buy!) all of these exciting products in one place, with new equipment being introduced all the time. ASI helps make Chattanooga one of the most unique and fun places to live and to visit!

Spring Fever = Adventure Time at ASI

Spring Fever = Adventure Time at ASI

After a cold and wet winter, everyone wants to get outside ! It’s Adventure time! 


Here are some upcoming ASI activities this spring -whether on land or water, it’s Adventure Time! :

Water activities launch on Saturday April 13 

– E-surf lessons, e-bodyboard, e-SUP and waterbike rentals

– Launching from Market Street ramp by Coolidge Park

PTD Owner/Member Community Rides

– Owners of e-powered personal transport devices welcome

– ASI members can rent devices at steep discounts

– ASI staff on-site for training, pointers, organizing activities

Kymera and Schiller challenge races

– Relay and Ball Chase races for ASI customers

– Sundays May-Aug

ASI Exhibitions to resume in April !

– ASI will showcase unique new races/competitions/sports designed for our innovative gear

Fairs and Expos – join ASI in celebrating healthy living and clean energy!

– St.Chatty’s Day Parade Saturday March 16

– Chamber of Commerce Business Expo – Wednesday March 20

– Chatt State University Health Fair – Friday April 12

– Drink & Discover: Get Schooled (Discovery Museum) Thursday April 18

– Earth Day Festival at Reflection Riding Arboretum April 18-20

– ECO Field  Days @ Miller Park Friday April 26 & Saturday 27

Weather could affect availability.
Event schedules and updates to be posted on our FaceBook page.

Remember – ASI has limited resources – Book your event, party, or activity in advance!!!

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Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) has been bringing new innovations for outdoor fun to Chattanooga since 2018, with unique products like the Swincar E-Spider off-road vehicle; a full set of Personal Transportation Devices such electric unicycles, mini-electric bikes and HoverShoes from InMotion, Enzo e-bikesE-Scootersmini-Segways, e-Skateboards and hoverboards for fun around town, and the Lift E-foilKymera e-jet bodyboard, Manta e-SUP and the Schiller waterbike for great times on the water! While you’re at ASI, experience the latest in Virtual Reality to bring the great outdoors inside, the FingerCoaster design-it-yourself rollercoasterFlymax: Extreme Hang gliding simulator, and Vertigo: Walk The Plank! There is nowhere else where you can experience (and buy!) all of these exciting products in one place, with new equipment being introduced all the time. ASI helps make Chattanooga one of the most unique and fun places to live and to visit!

ASI also offers group events – BIG adventures for your small group (5-12):
Celebrate special occasions (birthday, bachelor/bachelorette, etc.)
Group adventures (church groups, scout trips)
– Have fun with your co-workers and learn to work better together in one of our Team Building sessions
– Learn in our STEM academic field trips for home-schooled groups, summer camps or middle and high schools.

There is nowhere else where you can experience (and buy!) all of these exciting products in one place, with new equipment being introduced all the time. ASI helps make Chattanooga one of the most unique and fun places to live and to visit!

Featured Inventor: Pascal Rambaud

Featured Inventor: Pascal Rambaud

Pascal Rambaud: Swincar inventor and company CEO.

Originally trained as an architect, he put his work as a mountaineering safety expert on standby, in order to devote himself full-time to developing his inventions and combine his passions of mountaineering and motorsports .

After having filed numerous patents about the prevention of natural risks in the mountains, his first invention in the mobility field was the Driv’up trolley, that sold over 10,000 units around the world. “I was doing kart racing. And in competition, it’s very important to get the fine-tuning right. But you can’t do this on the ground and it needs two to lift a kart.” said Rambaud. In 1993 Rambaud solved this problem and marketed Driv’up, a one-man operated hoist, which became a commercial success.

But the real revolution is the SWINCAR e-Spider. He has been working on the pendulum design that is the core of this vehicle since 2005. His stroke of genius was to design the SWINCAR e-Spider around the concept of a pendulum. “I had the idea while working out how to reconcile the relative advantages of two or four wheels” explains Rambaud. The vehicle has a natural balance and low center of gravity, and while cornering or climbing obstacles the driver’s pod (or nacelle) remains horizontal, delivering a safe and comfortable ride.

The e-Spider’s silent operation, light footprint, and its remarkable versatility are ideal for off-road driving, even for traversing slopes and on steep inclines. The four articulated legs operate with a wide range of movement, and independently absorb the contours and shocks encountered when crossing difficult country. Its batteries have a 4-hour driving range, and the motorized brake recharges the battery during downhill driving, further increasing the battery’s range. Other products now in development are a tandem two-seater model and a remotely operated version. Their factory is in Allan, in the south of France, near Lyon.

ASI is proud to be the first company in North America offering rental equipment, tours and sales of the awesome Swincar e-Spider. So come on down to ASI and experience Chattanooga off-road driving in a whole new way!

Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) has been bringing new innovations for outdoor fun to Chattanooga since 2018, with unique products like the Swincar E-Spider off-road vehicle; a full set of Personal Transportation Devices such electric unicycles, mini-electric bikes and HoverShoes from InMotion, Enzo e-bikesE-Scootersmini-Segways, e-Skateboards and hoverboards for fun around town, and the Lift E-foilKymera e-jet bodyboard, Manta e-SUP and the Schiller waterbike for great times on the water! While you’re at ASI, experience the latest in Virtual Reality to bring the great outdoors inside, the FingerCoaster design-it-yourself rollercoasterFlymax: Extreme Hang gliding simulator, and Vertigo: Walk The Plank! There is nowhere else where you can experience (and buy!) all of these exciting products in one place, with new equipment being introduced all the time. ASI helps make Chattanooga one of the most unique and fun places to live and to visit!

ASI also offers group events – BIG adventures for your small group (5-12):
Celebrate special occasions (birthday, bachelor/bachelorette, etc.)
Group adventures (church groups, scout trips)
– Have fun with your co-workers and learn to work better together in one of our Team Building sessions
– Learn in our STEM academic field trips for home-schooled groups, summer camps or middle and high schools.

There is nowhere else where you can experience (and buy!) all of these exciting products in one place, with new equipment being introduced all the time. ASI helps make Chattanooga one of the most unique and fun places to live and to visit!

Spring Fever = Adventure Time at ASI

The Search for Gear

From Orlando to San Francisco and France, Patrick and Carolina have visited manufacturers and inventors, researching outdoors high tech gear that they want to bring to the Scenic City.  

The highlight in November 2017 was the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo in Orlando – where over 39,000 attendees were able to meet with the developers of the newest and most cutting edge attractions throughout the amusement and entertainment industry. This has sparked many discussions and explorations of possible products, as well as fueled the larger vision for future growth and expansion of the ASI concept.

Meeting with individual inventors and manufacturers was next, along with sampling their products to make sure that they were fun, safe and sustainable – meaning that they were really available, not just prototypes presented in online videos. Commitment levels were high, but tight travel schedules sometimes caused hardships – for example, Patrick was riding the Kymera e-Body Board in 50 degree water in the San Francisco bay during a rainstorm. On the other hand, touring a beautiful vineyard in southern France on the Swincar e-Spider on a picturesque spring day was a memorable experience!

To learn more about a very young industry, Patrick attended the WearRAcon 2018 conference in Arizona where more than 300 attendees from across the world came together to hear cutting-edge presentations and see demonstrations related to exoskeletons and wearable robotics to augment human performance.

After testing out various land and water gear and learning about exciting new products that would be hitting the market in the coming months and years, contract negotiations and product ordering process began in earnest. Researching outdoors high tech gear is the fun part, the contracts…not so much… 

The stage was set for a July 2018 grand opening.

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Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) has been bringing new innovations for outdoor fun to Chattanooga since 2018, with unique products like the Swincar E-Spider off-road vehicle; a full set of Personal Transportation Devices such electric unicycles, mini-electric bikes and HoverShoes from InMotion, Enzo e-bikesE-Scootersmini-Segways, e-Skateboards and hoverboards for fun around town, and the Lift E-foilKymera e-jet bodyboard, Manta e-SUP and the Schiller waterbike for great times on the water! While you’re at ASI, experience the latest in Virtual Reality to bring the great outdoors inside, the FingerCoaster design-it-yourself rollercoasterFlymax: Extreme Hang gliding simulator, and Vertigo: Walk The Plank! There is nowhere else where you can experience (and buy!) all of these exciting products in one place, with new equipment being introduced all the time. ASI helps make Chattanooga one of the most unique and fun places to live and to visit!

ASI also offers group events – BIG adventures for your small group (5-12):
Celebrate special occasions (birthday, bachelor/bachelorette, etc.)
Group adventures (church groups, scout trips)
– Have fun with your co-workers and learn to work better together in one of our Team Building sessions
– Learn in our STEM academic field trips for home-schooled groups, summer camps or middle and high schools.

There is nowhere else where you can experience (and buy!) all of these exciting products in one place, with new equipment being introduced all the time. ASI helps make Chattanooga one of the most unique and fun places to live and to visit!

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