Now that the Velocar Mk3 is underway in the rough traffic conditions of Berlin, I want to show some of its transports and abilities.
Mittwoch, 20. April 2022
All my velocar builds are more or less inspired by these old Mochets from 1930s-1940s.
Still I did change some characteristics, most significantly the front axle being narrower and shifted forward to prevent interference with the cranks and pedal space.
Hence, my creations are much narrower than their classic predecessors, enabling them to pass through bollard rows on nowadays cyclepaths.
Minimum width for a sociable velocar is IMHO a mere 1 meter, while the maximum should be 1,20 meter, if you want to use cycle lanes.
My latest build is a collaboration with Stephan from Berlin.
He designed a velocar for his own use, just 100cm wide and 280cm long, which is the smallest footprint for the demanded capacity of two riders, plus seating for kids and luggage space.
I agreed to do the "hardware" while Stephan and his wife will do the electronics, batteries and website of the project.
Of course they will also test the velocar in the busy city traffic of Berlin.
Here are some photos of the outcome so far:
The Website of the project
Samstag, 19. Oktober 2019
Montag, 10. Dezember 2018
Sonntag, 2. Dezember 2018
Intended to be built as plywood monocoque with the long front fenders doubleacting as sills.
No additional girders necessary, which will simplify the building process and saves weight.
This particular design is very low.
I created an ugly dude, 189cm tall (my size) for comparison.
2+2 Seater, as always ;)
Wheel base: 225cm/89"
Wheels: 20" or 20x1 3/8
Height of body: 75cm
Height of top: 100cm/40"
Height of entry/ top of sills: 30cm/12"
Seat level: 20-25cm/ 8-10"
Ground clearance: 10cm/4"
Expected weight: 55-60kg with use of 4mm gaboon ply,
Less, if I use thin airplane plywood for non-structural parts.
Climbing in and out is more difficult than in a design with higher seat level.
Visibility and visability are also restricted by the low silhouette.
So this design is intended as hommage to all those fancy vintage sportscars i like so much.
Dienstag, 23. Oktober 2018
Dienstag, 7. November 2017
as on velocar No.1
The cargo trunk behind the drivers will be 75cm wide at the floorboard, 90cm at the uppermost edge, 40cm deep and 100cm long (less with a shorter rear end) .