küschall has designed and developed what is claimed to be the ‘world’s lightest wheelchair‘. the switzerland-based company utilizes aerospace materials to create the ‘superstar’ which features a 1.5kg frame – 30% lighter and 20% stronger compared to classic carbon models.

küschall employs formula 1 to perfect 'world's lightest wheelchair' made from graphene

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the küschall superstar is built using a semi-metal known as graphene, the strongest material known to man. graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and 10 times tougher than diamond, but still incredibly flexible and ultra-lightweight. it is made up of a single layer of carbon atoms, tightly bound in a hexagonal lattice. 

küschall employs formula 1 to perfect 'world's lightest wheelchair' made from graphene



the design aims to combat the 50-70% of wheelchair users who end up with upper extremity injuries after the first 10-15 years. in order to ease these chances the wheels have been positioned in closer proximity to the user which helps to increase propelling efficiency.

küschall employs formula 1 to perfect 'world's lightest wheelchair' made from graphene



industrial designer and project leader for the company, andre fangueiro, worked with formula 1 manufacturers to perfect the driving performance of the superstar. the wheelchair features an X-shape geometry with road dampening properties that provides an increase in performance and agility by responding rapidly to every movement. it also features a bespoke backrest with the possibility for a tool less adjustment, and a tailor made seat with an integrated seat cushion to also help optimize propelling performance.

küschall employs formula 1 to perfect 'world's lightest wheelchair' made from graphene

küschall employs formula 1 to perfect 'world's lightest wheelchair' made from graphene

  • What about walkers? I need a super light walker!!!

    Stacey says:
  • Is it strong enough to attach a dragon fly bike attachment to the front? I use one every day to run my dogs, but carbon fiber chair can’t support it so have to transfer to my super heavy Box chair

    Ivee Brown says:
  • I am a Paralympic Athlete. I am looking for the lightest wheelchair. When will this be available in the States?

    Hope Hand says:
  • I have insurance that will cover my chairs, what is the price range for this fabulous chair. I am a 31 year para, I cannot afford to buy a van and lift so I always get the lightest chairs available, I have refused to update the chair that I am in because I have not been able to find a chairs as tough, lightweight, and trouble free. My chair is a 2003 Quickie Ti, but Quickie sold out in the early 2000’s and their products no longer appeal to me, but the one thing that bad about this chair is that Quickie no longer supports it, I cannot get factory replacement items that wear… Your chair is perfect for me because after all of the “TRANSFERS” that I have done from the chair to the truck, to the bed, to the toilet, etc…, my shoulders are damaged so a very light weight chair is critically important for me to remain mobile. I am not a fat guy, I stay in pretty good shape to be 58, I am active and really appreciate your concept. ~Martin

    Martin says:
  • Curious to know the cost and will I have to travel to Switzerland from Canada to be fitted properly?

    Thank you,

    Lee Thibeault

    Lee Thibeault says:

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