Daily Archives: May 26, 2007

social event and construction pics

An afternoon of drinks and chat today with other Canary Derby teams. A highlight was the demonstration of a wireless timing system designed and built by Archipeligo. Its a pretty slick set up, they get my vote for best tech innovation.

Seeing as it is only 2 weeks from the practice day, and seeing as we were all having a drink, the details of our car designs started to dribble out. Different approaches, from low profile to high. By the way, if anyone would like a custom made water tunnel as seen in that linked article, drop me a line.

Here are some early construction pics of our (Aspreva) car. You can see the pan view is a symmetric airfoil shape. A curved fiberglass fairing will cover the top and bottom plywood “plates”. The driver is totally within the car, looking out front through clear Lexan front (the open areas).

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Its about 112″ long, max width 19″, height as shown is 19″, but body will be higher by about 4 inches when top and bottom fairing applied. Wheels are 27″/700c, road rims with mountain bike hubs (20mm axle), discs on rear wheels (Avid BB5), moderate tires (28 mm Panaracer).