It’s five weeks and a weekend until WHPSC 2014, and Aerovelo is running behind on the bike build, partially due to delays from external vendors. At this point, I can only show progress on bits and pieces. Here are the wheel fairing layups.
Trefor is building up a front wheel for Eta. Their modelling shows that the bladed spokes should have less drag than a disc wheel when spinning in a wheel fairing. The team will be doing spin down tests next week, comparing a disc wheel to the spoked wheel to a trispoke wheel to validate the modelling.
Here is a picture of the spin down set up.
Next week, the frame and the shell molds will be laid up, and the bike will start looking more than a bike rather than bits and pieces.