I must say im surprised i havent found this forum earlier.. would have saved me over $100 bucks for renting a web hotel to house my own forum, http://hordur.se
Well, nuff about that..
First let me introduce myself and my project..
Im a 28 year old CNC machinist who never owned a combustion engine in my whole life, with the itch of creativity always nagging in the back of my scull and a fierce rebellion against everything "normal"
I started dreaming about a leaning car after i saw a car show on the tv, fifth gear testing out the Carver and i fell in love!
A year or so passed and i stumbled uppon the peugeot liion concept car and my head blew off its socket!
My Johnson went haywire and my feet went numb every time i looked at the pictures.
This was almost a year ago.
But since nothing substansial happened to the liion car, and no others showed interest in a tilting electric car i decided to build my own.
The mechanical specs are pretty short so far; 3 wheeled tadpole (two front wheels) powered by a electric motor (the biggest allowed by swedish law, 15kw/100kg vehicle weight) and 2 seats in tandem.
Since im a plane-crazy SoB aswell, i wanted to make my vehicle look and feel somewhat like a fighter jet, with a sleak body and a clear canopy over the whole cockpit.
So the project isnt moving as fast as i would like, but im slowly getting ready to start fabricating (after months of cad studies, calculations and thinking).
Im going to build the body out of glass fibre with wood and foamsheets as sandwitch/insulation and bolt it onto a tube frame.
The bodywork is due start july 1st (first day of my holliday), and will be styrofoam blocks glued together and carved out to shape, covered in "plastic padding" and covered in glassfibre.
I will then use the newly made plug to create the molds in witch i build the vehicle from the outside and in, leaving the bottom for last (to ease fabrication and installation of all the bits and bobs).
Ive tryed to estimate the weight to be somewhere around 100-150kg without driver, meaning im limited to 15-22.5kW, but this should suffice for a everyday commuter vehicle with a bite
My to do list (rough):
Find a programmer familiar with AVR, ATMega or similar chip computers for tilt function aswell as user feedback (sensors, overload safety features and so on)
Finish the cad blueprint and send it to my partner in crime, my welder
Finish the outer and interiour design (is a VERY basic paper sketch as of yet)
Win the lottery to finance this beast of a project << most important!
This will be registered as a amateur build in sweden (aproved in most of europe as a one off product) but im investigating the possibilities to get a "factory permit" to be able to build and sell it as any other car manufacturer.
If the mass production idea fails, i will release the lot as blueprints/documentation free of charge under GNU licence or similar.
(Free to use and alter, but not for sale)
By the way, my doctor thinks i should get my head examined by a specialist and my woman thinks im simply nuts..
So im VERY happy to have found this forum where i can share my madness with my fellow nutjobs