O.K. so once in a while a new
velomobile gets away from me. So here is a different design. This one is called Velayo and their website is located at http://www.fortschritt-fahrzeugbau.de/ . This design is much higher than most and it looks like it could be seen much easier in traffic. The design takes some getting use to, but it gives us a new direction we could go in.
The pictures are located on their website along with many more, and some video. The only problem I see with this design is the rear wheel steering. Traditionally, rear wheel steering has proven to be unstable at high speeds, so I would love to see an independent test of this one to prove its stability.
Here is some more information from their website, some of which has been translated from German.
The Velayo challenging convention and common Velomobile concepts.
- The only velomobile it features a rear-wheel steering and front wheel drive. Thus, a short and light chain without deflection possible and the front wheels can be made rigid: tracking error are excluded. Both measures result in minimal friction and enable easy driving even at low speeds. It is a higher power surplus to accelerate.
- The position of the rider is to create higher than normal market velomobiles for better visibility and visibility. The Augpunkthöhe is independent of the driver's size approx 100cm.
- The Velayo has a wheelbase of about 2m. This improves directional stability and ride comfort of the frame and prevents lifting the rear wheel even at sharp braking maneuvers.
- The Velayo is through consistent lightweight larger and lighter than the same market competitors.