Using the 'mule' I have been fine-tuning the dimensions of Veloci Velomobile. I have changed the design of the frame to have a perimeter upper frame to provide extra impact protection and added torsional strength. At the moment I have been setting up the 'mule' to check seating position and clearances for wheels, steering bits and of course the rider to bodyshell interferences. I have found by doing this that I can make the Veloci-velo even a little bit smaller than I had planned with the entire bodyshell being able to envelop me the rider as close as possible.
This was one of my goals in building this velomobile and that was for it to be a scalable design instead of a "one size fits all" policy. In a production version the rider would supply the essential measurements and the bodyshell would be custom designed to fit his body / seating position. The chassis would be basically the same for every rider but the shell would specific to the rider.
|The 'mule' test rig for Veloci-velo|