Tomcar

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The Tomcar is a type of commercial off-road utility vehicle.[1]

The Tomcar is made in two and four seat models, and is powered by either unleaded petrol or diesel engines. It uses a CVT transmission system and a chain driven final drive system, giving the vehicles a ground clearance of 38 cm (15").[2]

The Tomcar's chain-driven swingarm system allows the vehicle an above average ground clearance and suspension articulation, and also create "anti-squat" or lift. Under acceleration, a vehicle usually squats in the rear due to the physics of conventional drive-trains. In the Tomcar vehicles, this torque is displaced, causing the swing arms to be “pulled” down and under the vehicle, creating a rear-end lift. This is known in physics as 'anti-squat'.

History[edit]

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The original Tomcar was conceived and realized by self taught Israeli engineer Yoram Zarchi, and was named after his son Tom. Tomcar has been in active development in Israel over the last 30 years. The very early models were small, single-seater go-kart like vehicles, powered by both electricity and gasoline. They were designed mainly for children, and used in amusement parks and close circuit tracks. Over the years, the vehicles increased in complexity, size and robustness and aimed towards larger (and more professional) markets.

The Tomcars in their modern form were single seat and two seats vehicles, designed for motorized racing and tourism, respectively. Around the turn of the century, the single seat variety, powered by an Ultralight engine by Rotax Engines, was phased out in order to focus on the two-seater bigger model known as the TM2, that was aimed for more casual clients on one hand, such as families and weekend excursionists, and military applications with the Israel Defense Forces on the hand. being specifically designed to fit into a Sea Knight or Chinook helicopter.[3] A four-seater model, known as the TM4, was added to the line up in order to carry more personnel. A utility version with a larger carrying capacity was then developed, known today as the TM5.

It is currently in use by the Israeli military to patrol its borders and carry out various military missions.[4] It is also used by the US Customs and Border Patrol, by the US National Guard,[5] and by the British Army in Afghanistan.[6]

The Tomcar has become available to the public for both commercial and recreational use since 2005.[7]

The Tomcar is now also produced in Melbourne, Australia by MTM Pty Ltd on licence by Tomcar Australia Pty Ltd.[8][9] Production began in November 2011.[10] The Melbourne Tomcar Australia facility was officially launched on March 8, 2012 by Victorian Minister for Trade, Industry and Export Richard Dalla-Riva.[11]

On November 6, 2013, Tomcar Australia Pty Ltd became the first car manufacturer to accept Bitcoin.[10][12][13][14][15][16]

Models[edit]

The Tomcar currently comes in a two-seater version called the TM-2, a four-seater version called the TM-4 and a utility two-seater version called a TM-5.[17]

The Tomcar used to be also available in a one-seater version, known as the TM-1; however, this is now a discontinued model.

Specifications[edit]

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Model: TM-2 (Two-Seater)

Dimensions:[8]

  • Length: 2820 mm / 111.5"
  • Width: 1780 mm / 70"
  • Height: 1686 mm / 67"
  • Wheelbase: 2052 mm / 81"
  • Ground clearance: 381 mm / 15"
  • Dry weight: 715 kg / 1573 lbs

Engines:

  • Lombardini Inline 4-stroke Diesel engine.[1]
  • YH465Q-2E 4-Stroke-water-cooled petrol engine.[1]
  • Kohler LH775S Liquid Cooled petrol engine.[18]

Transmission:

  • Automatic V-belt CVT
  • Heavy-duty, high/low gear box
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Final drive: 2 x dual oil bathed chains
  • Forward - neutral - reverse
  • Differential lock

Tyres:

  • Front: AT 25 x 8 - 12
  • Rear: AT 26 x 12 - 12

Suspension:

  • Front: Double wishbone, heavy-duty 343 mm / 13.5" travel
  • Rear: Trail arm heavy-duty 343mm / 13.5" travel with dual coil over springs, gas/hydraulic shocks[8]

Steering:

  • Rack-and-pinion, 1.6 turn lock-to-lock

Brakes:

  • Disc Brakes
  • Mechanical hand brake

Fuel:

  • 26 litre / 6.75 gallon safety tank (1 or 2 tanks)

Electrics:

  • 12V 56AH battery
  • 40A alternator and regulator
  • Power socket
  • Halogen headlights, tail lights and brake lights
  • Horn

Instrumentation:

  • Speedometer
  • Wheels hour meter
  • Voltmeter
  • Fuel gauge
  • Low oil pressure
  • Turn signal
  • High beam light
  • Water temp gauge

Seats:

  • Adjustable bucket type with head rest,
  • 4-point harness

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