I am going to make a Velomobile. I have built 5 different recumbent trikes. Now I am going to take one of my trikes and build an airodynamic shell around it to make a velomobile.
Here is the official definition of a velomobile.
Velomobile: A velomobile or bicycle car is a human-powered vehicle, enclosed for aerodynamic advantage and protection from weather and collisions. They are derived from recumbent bicycles and tricycles, with the addition of a full fairing (aerodynamic shell).
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Stage 1 test run
I am stage one complete now. That is all the panels attached securely on the front part of the vm. I got all the electric power components installed and put the body back on. I went out for a road test on a sunny day with a 15mph wind. I am happy to say the vm did not get pushed sideways with a crosswind. The top speed hasn't improved but I noticed that it doesn't get slowed down much by a headwind. It seems to go the same speed in all directions. Right now it will cruise at 23mph with hub motor power on the flat surface. It also works well to pedal at 15 to 20 mph along with less assist. Here are a couple pictures form test day. I noticed a lot of wind coming in the wheel cutouts so I am going to make wheel covers next.