This series of three photos shows an Ecomobile being driven through the Daimler sidewind test facility in Untertürkheim at 80km/h (50mph) circa 1991. A similar sequence of photos with a standard BMW K100 shows it leaning less but deviating more from its path. Arnold Wagner sent me the photos in response to my ruminations about Craig Vetter's comment that 'streamlined is round at the front and pointed at the rear'. Arnold commented: "Round at the front has nothing to do with head or feet first. It’s a necessity to get decent crosswind behaviour.
Nose is novel, in terms of Voyager-style shape development, in enclosing the front wheel. This is built to TTXGP FF rules, i.e. not more than 50mm in front of wheel. Intake slot fits well with Yamaha airflow over the small front wheel into the radiator mounted low behind the wheel. If this works well a similar nose, minus the intake slot, may be fitted to FJ.
Cmax foam shape now ready for covering. The body tent is too small to get full body in one shot. This is the site of the 'old factory' where 001 and 002 were built.
Next stage is to cover the surface in a thin, sealing layer of micro-balloon/resin 'filler' ('glascell 10 in Sicomin epoxy resin - AKA 'Aero-Mick') to protect this fragile shape and provide a hard surface to lay up glass cloth, so that excess resin can be squeegeed off. Surface will be finished with more aero-mick, then prepared for painting.