This page shows the overall vehicle.
It has two main sub-assemblies - the removable upper carriage or
body with seat, mudguards and bonnet access; and the main lower
timber chassis which contains the drive elements, wheels &
suspension, steering and batteries and electrical drive system.
The voiturette is a 3/4 scale design and has room for seating a
single adult driver. It is about 1.5m (59")
long and 0.83m (33") wide and weights about 120kgf without
rider. The seating position is characteristic of these veteran
style vehicles and is set above the rear wheels and open to the
weather! Top speed depends on the road and gradient conditions
and driver weight but is approximately 12 mph and running time
between charges should be in excess of 2 hours (again speed and
The Voiturette is intended primarily
as a slow speed leisure vehicle for use mainly for parade/show type
activities. It should be driven modestly and with caution -
due to the characteristic high center of mass of the
design these vehicle types are simply not as stable in the turn
as our modern day designs and must be driven accordingly. For
safety the vehicle uses a 4 quadrant speed controller (for
dynamic braking - the motor drive is permanently attached to the
rear drive wheels) and has front fitted disc brakes which are
mechanically independent of the drive system.