Some months ago I wrote an E- mail to a TV show about my hobby.
Now I got an answer.
We decided for beginning February, hoping for good weather.
I completed a new paint scheme just in time.
But when the day came, the sky was grey, temperatures below zero and high probability for snow.
So we changed scenery from park to a nearby small airport.
Not only provides a hanger superb shelter from the elements, the parked airplanes give an excellent background for video shooting.
After some videos were taken inside, we got out to the runway, which was poured over with frozen rain.
Damn, was that cold !!!
I wish, i had built my windshield yet.
Nevertheless it was great fun to ride over the ice, great opportunity to try some sliding.
After two hours at the airport, we recorded some more videos on public street, to show the velocar in normal traffic.
All in all, 3 hours of work will result in a 4 minute report and will be broadcasted in mid March.
But, because I was not that lazy in building, there's a lot of progress.
I have built the front hood, the steering system, the front brakes, pilots drivetrain
and spent several hours refining the bodywork.
The front hood
Fenders painted and Banshee as test payload
My front braking system is somewhat odd
The alum tube which goes through the hole is the steering column
and the front brakes are operated by pulling the handlebar/column back
Front part of drivetrain
Looking inside the left side box with the two idlers at left
and the jackshaft at right side
View to the rear wheel
And finally I was able to drive the velocar, although barely Just minimum eqipment: Pedals, chains, front brakes and a handlebar. No shifting cable yet,so I shifted the NuVinci hub to slowest gear directly at the hub interface. The slack side of the chain is still not exactly aligned with the frame holes where it goes through. You can hear it rattling loudly, the hollow plywood frame behaves like a guitar corpus. So, no speed trials today... Just testing the suspension and turning circle, which is - by the way- impressingly small ! Next steps are proper seats and door locks, these clamps are going on my nerves.
And please excuse the bad quality video, it was just recorded with the cell phone