What is the WAW?
A carbon safety frame enveloped in tough aramid (kevlar) fibre supports a wide track, low centre of gravity and sidewind stability to make the WAW the safest cycle. The aramid nose and tail are easily detached for maintenance and repair, doubling as crumple zones. With its meticulous composition of carbon and kevlar, the WAW is by far the lightest street safe velomobile: ranging from 24kg for the ultra-light version, around 28kg for a commute vehicle, to 33kg for a hybrid bio-electric version.
Featuring a stiff and efficient transmission, compact turning radius, low weight and wide stance, we believe the WAW is currently the fastest human powered vehicle in real world traffic and terrain. On the straight and flat, the minimal frontal area and optimal form factor offer aerodynamic efficiency among the best. The unique convertible canopy enhances the aerodynamics and offers full weather protection. It shields the rider from extremes of both heat and cold, and protects the head from wind and weather. The adjustable visor prevents fogging and is unique in maintaining excellent vision in the rain.
As far as we know, the WAW offers the best combination of cycling fun, safety, speed and all-weather comfort.
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The WAW is a single person car that doesn't pollute the air, never needs a refill and is affordable for all. Or you could look at it this way: it's the world's fastest cycle in production, and carries you safely and comfortably as far as you want. Get some exercise and enjoy the cabriolet feel: the WAW is the ultimate sports car.
Rather than look for an alternative way of wasting disproportionate amounts of energy, we aim to develop a versatile and exciting vehicle that provides maximum freedom for minimal energy input. No green-washing for us, but a concrete healthy and durable mobility solution.
The quintessence of the WAW is energy efficiency. At a speed of 50 km/h (31mph) the WAW needs only 0.5 kWh per 100km: barely a fifth of a normal bicycle, and one fiftieth of n average fossil or electric car. Expressed in gasoline use, this corresponds to a mileage of 4700 miles per gallon (2000 km/l).
The extreme efficiency of this vehicle renders adding external energy redundant: the rider's own energy is sufficient. So it's essentially food- or biomass-driven. Serendipitously, burning fat is not considered a cost but a profit in our culture, so the WAW's fuel can be considered free or even a form of waste disposal. Hybrid propulsion optionally assists muscle power for those who can't or won't rely on their own power.
The key to its energy-efficiency is an unseen combination of optimized aerodynamics, weight, ergonomics and mechanical efficiency. The construction techniques of the WAW are unique worldwide: a self-carrying coachwork in an ultra-thin mixture of carbon and aramid fibre composites couples safety and comfort with minimal weight and air resistance.
Outstanding ergonomics and riding pleasure make long trips comfortable. In urbanized areas, the WAW is as fast as a fossil car: door to door speeds of 30 km/h (20 mph) are entirely possible. Mobility isn't a waste of time, money and energy any more, but an enjoyable workout. In good or bad weather, the WAW offers complete weather protection and ventilation, the convertible roof can even be stowed in the front or rear trunk.
The write-off and running cost of a WAW is so tiny it pays for itself if only by the economies in car fuel and maintenance cost. Commuters with a Cycle to Work allowance can earn a substantial salary raise by pedalling a WAW over distances that would be hard with a normal bicycle. Swapping the car - completely or partially - for a multimodal mix of a WAW and e.g. car sharing, public transport, folding bike makes you richer, healthier and free. Fitness and mental coaches, charging stations, limited radii of action, traffic jams, CO2 emissions... you can forget about those. It's cycling, but not as you know it.
The WAW is an excellent tool combining mobility and publicity. Tax deduction makes the return on investment unequalled. A growing number of people appreciates the communicative skills of the WAW by carrying publicity for cash.
Earning your money by cycling is great. Doing it in style is excellent. Zip past the traffic queues in your shapely racing cycle is priceless.
The Waw is probably the safest cycle in the world, thanks to its impact-absorbing zones front and rear, roll bars, protective cage and excellent stability.
Around the rider is a cage of several tubes made of Carbon and Aramid. In combination with the lightness of the whole structure, you are well protected in case of an accident.
It is, however, true that even cars aren't always noticed by car drivers, as well as tractors or pedestrians. So a defensive attitude is always recommendable. Our adage: consider yourself invisible.
Winter and summer, you can exercise in comfort, cocooning in your cockpit, with some music on or enjoying the silence or self generated breeze.
Those lucky enough to live up to 50km from their jobs can swap the expensive, boring and annoying commute for sheer riding pleasure, past the jams, and get a killer body in the process. Countless are the WAW owners who trade jobs to get a longer commute :-).
The Waw is a stable trike with all its benefits. The front wheels have the suspension struts of Velomobiel.nl, the structure has a certain degree of flexebility (in the right directions!), and you have an ample choice it tyres, from hard to comfortable.
In this trike you can ride for hours.
You don't have too much trouble maintaining the Waw in good shape, It can be transported in a car (thanks to the removable nose and tail) and it can be closed and parked safely.
In comparison with our collegues, we are in the same class as the Quest, Milan and Go-one Evo. We removed some weight and added some safety...
There are some faster human powered machines (see this website), but these are not made to be ridden in daily traffic.