The very first thought that comes into most people's minds when they first see a Tango is: Won't it tip over when cornering? Or, won't it blow over in the wind? Or, can we push it over?
These are natural feelings as one is not accustomed to looking at a car so small with a total weight of 1,500 kg, 200 kg more than a Toyota Prius C and 50 kg more than a Subaru Outback wagon. Even more of a surprise is that there are 1,000 kg under the floor of the Tango, giving it the same rollover threshold of 56° as a 911 Porsche. So blowing over in a wind is not likely. It is like a paperweight to the wind, as it probably has more weight to side profile ratio than any other car.
Its ability to corner without tipping is shown in the video below, which also shows its performance in the Consumer Reports Emergency Lane Change maneuver (also known as the “Moose Test”) at the Automotive X-Prize competition. The Tango recorded the fastest speed in this test, even beating motorcycles.
Most importantly this proves that it has the best chance of avoiding accidents, whether head-on or avoiding a child that might run out into the street in front of you. A motorcycle is narrow, hence easier to avoid objects with, however it can not turn instantly like a Tango, as it has to first counter-steer in order to lean before turning. This is also true of any narrow cars that rely on leaning technology like the Toyota iRoad. The Tango's world-wide patented ballast system is certainly the safest and best performing way to build narrow cars.
25-second Moose Test and other cornering video
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