Carver Newbie

A short history of Carver

Ing. A. van den Brink had an ambition was to make a man-wide-vehicle that was safe to drive: A Slender Comfort Vehicle (SCV).
In spring 1994 the concept of DVC™ was invented by Ing. Chris van den Brink and engineer Harry Kroonen.
The first prototypes were built
The first 24 van den Brink (VDB) were made and appeared on TV programmes like BBC Top Gear
The first batch of 200 Carver Ones started to be delivered.
They were designed by Carver (Dutch), productionised by Prodrive (UK) and assembled by ACU (Germany)
Carver Owners Club (CVR-OC) was set up initially for UK Carver Owners (approx. 20) but then grew to cover worldwide.
Carver went into administration / bankruptcy having made and sold circa 180 Carver Ones
2010 - 2016
2Drive Germany hand build under license about another 10 Carver Ones during the six year period
Club Carver Parts and Service (CCPS) was setup as a not for profit organisation. They bought all the spares / parts from ACU who were about to destroy them.

Why Carver and why One?

Original text from the press information

Why is the Carver called Carver?

Dutch by design it owes its name to the English verb 'to carve', meaning 'to cut into a desired shape, to decorate by cutting and shaping carefully, to cut or engrave figures as an art, ...'. This is exactly what happens when you drive a Carver : you 'carve' corners. And even when there are none, you will be carving down the roads, carving your way through traffic, constructing your own track just like skiers and snowboarders carve down snowy slopes. At low speeds and in reverse, the cockpit stays upright, but as soon as you gain speed and turn the steering wheel, the cockpit banks, just like a motorcycle or, even better, an aeroplane, as the Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC™) system automatically adjusts the tilt angle of the cockpit to the speed and acceleration of the vehicle, enabling a plane-like ‘tilting before cornering’.

Why is the Carver One called One?

It was the first (and only) Model of the Carver hence the One

How to tilt your Carver

Maintenance Handle

There is a maintenance handle at the rear of the car, left hand side, but up inside and behind the engine cover.  It's a metal valve handle, about 4" long and normally in the vertically upright position.  It's a pig to get to with the cover on, unless you have long arms and are double jointed!  Unfortunately it's impossible to remove the engine cover until the car is tilted over.  To tilt the car over you need to turn the handle anti-clockwise by 180 degrees, so it's in the downwards position.  
  • The car is parked on level, flat ground, ideally with the handbrake off
  • There is plenty of room at both sides of the car
  • Both driver & passenger windows are fully down
  • The gear lever is in neutral
  • The key is in the ignition and the steering lock is disengaged (but ignition & engine off)
The reason for the above is that the car may not have enough pressure in the hydraulic system to return to upright when you turn (clockwise) the handle upright again.  To recharge the system, leave the handle upright, switch the ignition on and after a few seconds the electric pump will run and the car will eventually return to the upright position itself.  Let the pump finish running, then switch off the ignition.
  • If you do not leave the windows open and the steering lock off, you will not be able to turn on the ignition to run the electric pump!
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DVC (Dynamic Vehicle Control)

DVC Selector Switch (if fitted)

The DVC switch on the right is a mode switch for 'sport/normal' for the DVC system.  In sport mode (orange lamp) the tilting cuts in at a lower speed (roughly 5mph instead of 7mph) and the tilting is 'slightly' more responsive to input from the steering wheel.  I suggest you start in 'green' normal mode.

DVC Error code list

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Extracts from Owners Manual

General precautions

Your own safety and that of others is paramount. As a driver, you are responsible for the proper handling of your vehicle. For practical reasons, it is not possible to describe all possible hazards and therefore it is important that you use your own judgment and act as a responsible driver.
  • Always obey local traffic regulations.
  • Anticipate other traffic. Keep a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you, and increase the distance if the road is wet or icy or in mist or fog.
  • Drive in the centre of the road lane and claim it as if you were driving a car. This position makes it possible to react better in emergency situations.
  • When driving a Carver, concentrate on the driving. If you need to make a phone call, read a map or do other things that require your attention, pull over to a safe place.
  • Never use alcohol or drugs when driving.
  • Never leave children or animals unattended in your Carver One.
  • Never leave luggage or other items loose in the Carver while driving. These items could get stuck under the pedals, fly around upon sudden deceleration and disturb the driver or even cause injury in the event of an accident.
  • Never have the Carver towed by another vehicle. Severe damage could occur. For information on how to transport a Carver, see section 21.1.
  • Never use the Carver to tow another vehicle or a trailer. The Carver One has not been homologated to tow another vehicle or a trailer. Severe damage could occur.
  • Never lend your Carver One to someOne unless you carefully explain the specifics and driving instructions. See section 3.
  • When driving the Carver, bear in mind the following rules of thumb - see also section 3:
  • Avoid abrupt steering movements.
  • Take corners from the outside inwards.
  • Correct understeer with GENTLE steering movements.
  • Never deliberately cause the Carver to lose grip.
  • Reduce your speed during windy weather.
  • Never drive (too) fast in reverse.
  • Acknowledge the tilt angle indicators and acoustic signals.
  • Keep in mind that the rear of the Carver One is wider than the front.

General Maintenance etc

For checking the DVC oil level & other tips - see Tech Tips
Club Carver Parts & Service