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I am curious, in looking for the most aerodynamic "potentially practical" body design for my next trike, I am becoming enamored by the 1 liter, largely because body design scares me and is beyond my abilities, and with 100km (67mi) for a liter of fuel, its super impressive as an ICE.

So here is what I am wondering:

If there were a 1 liter replica out there as a kit that you would install your own drive system into and paint but was otherwise complete, A) would there be a market for 3 to 5 a month? and B) What would people pay for the "roller"?

Also, do you guys think its more important to make it look like the 1 liter for "replica value" or more unique? for example headlight placement etc?

I understand that it would go from a 4 wheeler to a trike, but no body changes would be absolutely nessassary to accomplish this, save possibly going 4 or 5" eider in the nose and a few inches narrower in the tail.

One more thing, any other 'concept cars" with ridiculusly good aero come to mind to replicate?
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I agree on the hard work required, particularly in the body, one thing I was thinking potentially is vacuum forming?

I have a canopy guy who is a miracle worker, and can do 96" x 55" I wonder if something can be done on that front canopy + upper body + lower body + tail section? using his canopy pricing as a guide, were talking 1000 to 1200.

Does anyone have proper "3 view" drawings of this car?
 

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I agree on the hard work required, particularly in the body, one thing I was thinking potentially is vacuum forming?

I have a canopy guy who is a miracle worker, and can do 96" x 55" I wonder if something can be done on that front canopy + upper body + lower body + tail section? using his canopy pricing as a guide, were talking 1000 to 1200.

Does anyone have proper "3 view" drawings of this car?
 

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Hi Tom A! How have you been? :)
I like the TREV a lot, I like steel a little better then all that newfangled bent aluminum composite for some reason, perhaps its the latent ******* in me ;-)

After beating myself over the head for weeks ive settled on a front suspension design, almost bone stock (except new) vw ball joint beam with a few tweaks:

center steer with a rack & pinion
Coilovers instead of the torsion leaves
about 17" of the top removed and "framed around" to get the front riders feet out about 16" ahead of wheel centerline

Im trying to design the body in such a way that I wont have to do any carving of foam (Hate that) lol

Some ideas include:

Giving a cool 3d drawing to a guy with a fancy computer mill (expensive)

using an aviation canopy and going with thin plywood with a glass layer (angular lines on the main body)

One idea I had is having the canopy guy do a "body canopy" where I would have about 10" of strait lines at the bottom, then have one big graceful compound curve forming the upper body level. This could actually be vacuum formed im guessing?

Tom B
 
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