Racing ahead with wheelchair design

K-2 all-terrain manual wheelchair, 2008

At the heart of every modern racing car you would expect to find a special carbon-fibre shell known as a ‘monocoque’. This incredibly strong structure plays two important roles: it encases and protects the driver and acts as a frame to which the car’s structural components can be attached.

A British engineering company has used its experience of manufacturing parts for F1™ cars to create the world’s first commercially available ‘monocoque’ wheelchair. This will change the way we think about wheelchair design forever. The new shape offers an extremely strong but lightweight chair with a Formula 1™-inspired seat sculpted to fit the driver’s body comfortably.

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