The best way to go faster is to improve the aerodynamics and the percentage of energy required to push a rider and their bicycle through the atmosphere is far greater than all the other factors such as vehicle weight, mechanical losses etc.
My goals include being able to ride a human powered vehicle 365 days of the year so a body shell serves two purposes for me -
- Keeps the rider (me) from the elements such as rain, cold, sun.
- Makes the vehicle more aerodynamic (or more efficient).
More weight = slower. So to make the most efficient vehicle it will have to be -
- Lightweight (under 22kg)
- Aerodynamic with a CdA close to or under 0.10
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