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Racing Teatray

Twizy...

Got a surprise on Sunday when we arrived at the house of some friends of ours to meet their latest baby. Turned out their daughter was not the only new arrival. Out in the driveway next to their default-London-issue black RR Sport was a rather contrasting novelty a nearly-new Renault Twizy. Naturally I was keen to have a go and he was equally keen to let me.



What an extraordinary thing. Now, first things first, no I never really got past the slight feeling that I was piloting a funky invalid carriage. It definitely isn't silent, making a noticeable whirring noise inside on the move like one of those things in airports that they ferry old people around in. Plus step-off isn't even remotely in the Tesla league. With two men on board, it doesn't so much accelerate as "gather pace". And it doesn't really do suspension like an early smart, it climbs over speed bumps and road imperfections rather than making any genuine attempt to cushion them. It also looks quite peculiar from behind. In the front, you feel comfy and fairly well protected from drafts but the rear seat (without windows) is uncomfortable and breezy (for which read "chilly").



Which ought to mean it is crap. However, all that apart, it is genuinely hilarious. It has Lambo-style scissor doors. It looks outlandishly space-age. It's not much bigger than a medium-sized Shetland Pony. Once up to speed you do whizz along (it'll do 50ish) enough to make you mildly disconcerted that the brakes are unassisted. And it of course turns on a sixpence and handles pretty entertainingly. And the response from other road-users and pedestrians around Putney was universally positive everybody but everybody pointed and smiled. It is the Haribo of personal transport kids and grown-ups love it so.
Frank Bullitt

They do look superb, I've sat in one but never driven it.
Big Blue

Like FB I've sat in but not driven. Putney is about the limit of useability (maybe Wimbledon Village) but once out of town pretty pointless.
Blarno

A lad at my friendly MOT place has one, I had a bit of a go in it when I was dropping Postbox off last year.
Bob Sacamano

It's a great toy, but that's about it.
Humphrey The Pug

They are great fun, however surprisingly hard to park.

I took one home a few years ago, it was pissing with rain but you don't get wet, what is funny is you are bombing along and due to the exposed nature of the "quadricycle" you think you are going at a decent speed, however a quick glance in the mirror reals a massive train of cars behind you; a look at the speedo tells you you are only doing 25.

My colleague regularly see's one on the M3!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Big Blue wrote:
Like FB I've sat in but not driven. Putney is about the limit of useability (maybe Wimbledon Village) but once out of town pretty pointless.

I used to see one infrequently on the M3 between Hook and Farnborough.  A very brave driver !
Racing Teatray

Motorway??
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Yup....
PG

Bob Sacamano wrote:
It's a great toy, but that's about it.


+1
PG

Racing Teatray wrote:
Motorway??


It is apparently legal to take a Twizzy on the  motorway. Unbelievable really!

But I think you'd be an idiot (and hugely anti-social) for doing so as sooner you're going to have an accident or cause one. Somebody is gong to ram you up the chuff as you blast along at its 50mph top speed and / or all thelorries going to go past you at 56mph will blow you clean under their wheels and/ or traffic having to avoid you will cause an accident in the other lanes.
Big Blue

To be fair the limit on some of that stretch of the M3 is 50 and if you can get to 50 in rush hour you're on a motorcycle.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

It was before the imposition of the 50mph limit when I used to see it on the M3

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