Top speed is 30km/h - which is about as fast as you'd want to go, to be honest - with power coming from in-hub, 1,000-watt, brushless electric motors. These drive each wheel independently and have plenty of torque on tap, making them ideal for an all-terrain vehicle like this. "Ah, but you'll only be able to go as far as the extension cord lets you!" the Luddites will sneer. Well, there's yet another trick up the E-Spider's sleeve. The lithium-ion batteries housed in the sled-like base offer four hours of run time from a two-hour charge and that range can be extended further still, thanks to energy recovered through regenerative braking.
Although not silent, the whirring of those electric motors whilst under power is also far preferable to the serenity shattering rumble of a quad bike's ICE. They're quiet enough in fact to allow you to enjoy the sounds of the countryside you're traversing; the tweeting of the birds and the wind through the trees, as well as the squelching of mud and sploshing of puddles beneath the tyres. It's an experience of near visceral tranquility, if you will.
Now for the elephant in the room. The Swincar has an RRP of £13,495. Yes, that's a lot, but with deals for bulk orders, the kind of commercial venues that will run them will easily justify the cost. That's almost besides the point though, because the E-Spider is noteworthy for its simplicity, ingenuity and above all, its tremendous fun. The potential of the design to be improved, scaled up and revised for other applications is definitely interesting too. In short, it's certainly not just a toy for the one per cent - though if you can afford one, you should definitely give it a go.