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Old 05-07-2009, 08:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Its on there Matt. But it is on a hinge so it will sail. I never tried to figure out how much it helps

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Old 05-07-2009, 11:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Looks awesome... Could you potentially post a few pictures of the cockpit? Or any build information/documentation?

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I am Ford Motor Companies Fuel Economy Technical Expert. After working for over 20 years improving conventional production car/truck FE I wanted to try something with fewer constraints.
As an Engineer for a major automaker, do you feel more or less frustrated given today's styling constraints compared to 10 or 20 years ago? I'm just curious


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I'm really interested in your vehicle (alas, not to buy - I'm just graduating ) -I've spent the past 5 years working on human powered vehicles like


(The ostentatiously orange one)
and

(Background: 2 Wheeler - Foreground: 3 Wheeled Tadpole Trike)


I love your faired suspension/wishbone setup, looks beautiful..... I'm curious if/how you quantified a .16 cD? And, as the builder, what would you do differently next time (a question I constantly ask myself on the vehicle's I've worked on/built)?

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Old 05-08-2009, 09:01 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Why do you refer to it as a reverse trike and not a tadpole trike? how is it reversed? or is it reversed from a delta trike?
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I blogged about the HyperRocket. Hope it helps your auction, John.

HyperRocket: 125 mpg, 100+ mph 3-wheel motorcycle

Man, it looks fun. I'd love to try it.
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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HyperRocket, you're getting a lot of attention and questions here... I was wondering if you drive this thing in a "sporty" way, a "typical" way or hypermiling? Do you have any average fuel consumption information instead of Xmpg@Ymph?
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:53 PM   #16 (permalink)
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HyperRocket. Welcome!

Your project is almost exactly what I want to build. Available cash is my only constraint or I'd just buy yours!

Stay with us and share your experiences. I think many of us would like to get a glimpse of your experiences working within the constraints in the automotive industry as well as your personal perspective of where we should go next in efficiency with consideration for styling, utility, safety and affordability.

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Old 05-08-2009, 04:31 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Someone submitted the blog item to Digg, so I added a Digg button to the post. Go Digg it, please!

HyperRocket: 125 mpg, 100+ mph 3-wheel motorcycle

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Old 05-08-2009, 11:06 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Aerodynamic Styling in my opinion is beautiful. Given the quest for improved FE I think we are going to see allot more good looking vehicles on the road.

Ryland
You will find there are many names given to this type of 3 wheeler. Tadpole & Reverse are common

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Thanks allot for the well written Blog. I love Canada & usually vacation in the North Channel each year. I've been thinking of a trip around the lake in Rocket2. if I do, I'll let you take it for a spin.

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Hwy is where most of North Americas energy is consumed.
I started this project to create a vehicle that maximizes Hwy FE unlike a conventional hybrid which is designed for the City. Therefore I intentionally exclude drive technique like pulse & glide from the numbers.

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Rocket2 the plug-in is a couple of months off. When I "gitter done" I'll post something here on it.
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:42 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Fantastic looking machine and those figures are very impressive indeed. Good luck with the plug-in hybrid follow-up, I look forward to hearing about it!
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Now on Jalopnik... Jalopnik - Ford Engineer Builds 125 MPG "HyperRocket" In Spare Time - hyperrocket


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