Renamed the T-Rex Carbon Fiber style trike to N.R.G.- New Rider Generation trike. After making several modifications to the body including changing the color to white with the maroon kevlar accents.This is a video someone made at a the 1st car show I went to back in January. The trike appears at 1:20 as the video counter down toward the end.
Post by joesarasota on Jun 27, 2020 23:27:45 GMT -5
I Purchased a GoPro camera recently and after mounting it to several different points on the NRG Trike, I was able to compile sufficient footage to put together a video; cruse style depicting some of the features that were added to the vehicle over the last couple years. I plan on making a more technical video where I remove all the body panels and explain in better detail exactly how it was built. This is my 1st attempt at making this type of video, so I hope it's not too boring.
THE INSPIRATION: In 2014 I wanted to build a vehicle that represented future styling characteristics good performance, good gas mileage and a big driving Fun Factor that was guaranteed to tun heads with a smile! As a retired Industrial Engineer, I had worked with Computer Aided Design for over 30 years, initial conceptual drawings were later refined for the steel tubular chassis and body style.
THE CHASSIS; I purchased a tubing bender from Harbor Freight and 140 lineal ft. of 1.5 x.060" steel tubing. Once I established the actual bend radius of the tubing with the dies provided, I laid out all the main structural sections on CAD drawings. I used an digital angle to replicate the precise angles of each tubing member were they could be fixed and welded in place. Special analysis was given to the front end geometry with regards to Ackerman angle, camber, caster, this was used to optimize both off the shelf components as well as fabricated ones.
THE BODY: In 1983 I built a car body out of polycarbonate, but this time I wanted to use light weight and structurally superior Carbon Fiber. The body was completed using a mold-less process beginning with extruded polystyrene foam panels glued together and shaped to get the basis design. Utilizing epoxy resin, the body panels are covered internally with fiberglass and externally with carbon fiber cloth. For the curing stage the sandwich composite of panels are covered with a layer of peal-ply, absorption cloth, then bagged and placed in a vacuum to apply atmospheric pressure for final curing.
THE MOTOR: Since this vehicle is a reverse three wheeler or AUTO-CYCLE the power plant i.e. motor & transmission had to come from a donor motorcycle. I wanted this vehicle to be easy to drive, fast and reliable. At only 815 lbs the Honda FSC 600cc was the final choice. The end result is a moderately quick vehicle, that still gets 40 mpg, is easy to drive ,has great power-train reliability, is super fun to drive and definitely turns heads. Please comment,