Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Mengers 3WP is German precision engineering at its best

It doesn't happen very often nowadays that people come up with a brand new Mini based car. Okay, we've seen this one, that one and this one in recent times. But these are all cars which have been on offer before or updates on existing models. The three-wheeler you see below is something else. I saw the prototype of the Mengers 3WP at a show earlier this year and was naturally determined to find out all about it. 

And so I went to rural Germany a couple of weeks ago to do so. And, boy, I wasn't disappointed. The 3WP, built by Dierk Mengers, is better than any other three-wheeler I have ever seen - and most of these have been Mini powered. It has passed some severe testing to approve the German seal of roadworthiness and will be on offer soon for a serious amount of money. To read the complete story you will have to wait another month or so as it will be in Mini Magazine, but I will keep you posted on mister Mengers' ventures here.

3WP is Dierk Mengers' most challenging project so far. And he's had a few in the past 48 years...
Picture Jeroen Booij

That rear spoiler electronically erects at speed to gain some downforce, just like a modern Porsche...
Picture Jeroen Booij

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