24 September 2013
24 September 2013
The winners of the 2013 World Human Powered Speed Challenge (WHPSC) in Nevada, US was won by the Human Power Team from the Netherlands. Their aerodynamic composite shell was made from lightweight DSM materials.
The Human Power Team from the Netherlands was named as winner achieving a new world record speed of 133.78km/h.
The WHPSC is held annually near the American village of Battle Mountain. For the event the Sunrise
and Sunset Highway (SR305) remains closed for 5 days. This straight highway is 10 km long and has a maximum slope of 0.65%. Since the highway in the middle of the desert is there are no buildings and the Velox3 met very few obstacles.
DSM say the shell of the Velox3 was manufactured by using innovative Daron resins of DSM, optimised for use in a vacuum infusion process. Daron resins from DSM can be used with carbon fibres to make strong, tough and durable composite parts. Thanks to their low inherent viscosity the Daron resins demonstrate fast fibre impregnation, and also have an excellent adhesion with the carbon fibre. The resins can be easily adjusted for making complex shaped parts. This unique set of characteristics brings freedom to design and lightweight high performance.
“At the moment of truth both the technical and human side came together in the right way”, commented Team Leader Wouter Lion. "This superlight Velox3 allowed our Sebastiaan Bowier to become the fastest driver in the world of a human-powered vehicle.”
“DSM’s involvement in the Velox3 perfectly illustrates its commitment to both performance and innovation.” adds Fons Harbers, Commercial Director DSM Composite Resins. “By creating the right environment, we develop together with our partners technologies that bring benefits to both people and planet.”
A video showing the Velox3 in action can be found on:
Photo provided by DSM
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