The new WHILL powerchair, distributed by TGA in the UK, has attracted attention after it was test-driven by Nicolas Hamilton, Lewis Hamilton’s brother, at the Mobility Roadshow.
Launched at this year’s Mobility Roadshow, WHILL from TGA is an electric wheelchair known as a ‘Personal Electric Vehicle’ (PEV). It is designed to a stylish, compact and hi-tech powerchair that provides unique manoeuvrability with all-directional-drive front wheels and world-class performance.
Developed in Japan by former Toyota and Nissan engineers, WHILL is a precision-built powerchair that provides greater accessibility through advanced driving capabilities. Each front wheel encompasses 24 ‘rings’ that can rotate sideways so WHILL turns without the need to pivot on a castor hence reducing the turning circle to a mere 71cm.
WHILL has the power of 4-wheel-drive so tackling 3’’ kerbs, slopes and challenging terrain such as gravel and sand is no issue – a rare capability in powerchair design.
Nicolas was the celebrity VIP at the 2017 Mobility Roadshow and officially opened the event. He was given a guided tour around the show by Ann Frye, Chair of the organising charity, Mobility Choice, so he could engage with visitors and exhibitors. During his tour Nicolas visited the TGA stand and was given a WHILL demonstration by Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director; Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager; and Eric Cooper, TGA Wheelchair Specialist.
Nicolas was able to drive WHILL around the show and commented how comfortable it was. Daniel Stone commented: “It was fantastic to meet Nicolas in person as I fully admire his achievements especially as my family has always had a keen interest in motorsport. We explained to Nic why our new WHILL is so different and the lifestyle benefits it delivers for style-conscious people of all ages. Nic enjoyed his experience in WHILL and was clearly impressed with the build quality. He was such an unassuming yet determined character; we wish him well for the rest of his racing season.”