Very nice article by Karen Attwood in The Independent, a major UK newspaper.
Read the full article HERE.
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All miked up and getting ready for Raising the Bar Auckland! #rtbakl
--- KillaJoule is moving to New Zealand! ---
While I am busy working at the University of Auckland, Bill is even more busy in Denver, Colorado packing the KillaJoule and all support equipment.
We had originally planned to ship the KillaJoule directly from Denver to Australia and then to New Zealand, but that would have been a logistical challenge and given us very limited options to work on the bike. Instead, we are bringing it here to New Zealand first, then shipping it to Australia for racing in March at Dry Lakes Racers Australia.
Packing a streamliner in a sea container is quite a job. You don't just roll it in and close the door. Bill started by building a mezzanine from Unistrut to essentially double the floor space of the container. It will take him a few days to fill, label, and load each bin. Every item must be declared on the customs forms with description, weight, and value.
Then the KillaJoule will be stuffed with large bags of desiccant, tightly wrapped in plastics, and strapped down to the floor in multiple places. The hope is that we can keep the humidity sufficiently low inside the bike so that the humid sea air won't turn the salt hiding in all nooks and crannies to a liquid and cause a massive amount of corrosion.
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--- Today's Green Envy CAD (and drama!) ---
Moving along! Starting to look like a streamliner.
I really wanted to include myself in the CAD (Computer Aided Design), and I had planned to CAD myself. Thankfully I did a quick googling and saved myself two days of work - meet iMandy!
You can download iMandy (and her partner iMan) from http://www.apollocanard.com/7_downloads.htm. Perhaps the model is a bit cheesy, but my home-brewed version would have been no better. Dressed up with a racing suit and a helmet she is more than good enough for an early rendering.
--- CAD drama at mission control ---
The day started with a bit of drama. My dedicated CAD desktop computer (that I bought as a graduation gift for myself 2 years ago) has been acting up lately, and Bill's complaining reached my limit today. I had previously uninstalled all programs I could and cleaned up the harddrive, but nothing worked. Bill was blaming my cloud backup software, but I doubted that it would be the culprit, it is working fine on all our other computers (yes, we have half a dozen computers currently in use for different purposes, our combined living room and office looks like NASA's mission control).
After a heated argument about the misbehaving desktop, I figured the only solution was to re-install windows; a quite drastic move. But before that, I had to make a complete backup. To make a complete backup, I had to go out and buy an external harddrive of sufficient size. Somehow the suggestion came up to clone the harddrive rather than just back it up (I think I have to give Bill credit for that idea). At this point, I realized that it could be a harddrive malfunction, and if we successfully could create a clone, we could probably fix the computer without re-installing every single piece of software.
Said and done, picked up a new harddrive in the local computer store and went into action. To clone a harddrive you just need a special harddrive holder that looks like a toaster. You stuff in your new harddrive, start a piece of free software, and a few hours later you have a copy of your entire computer. You then do some simple surgery on your computer and replace the old harddrive with the new clone. If everything works as planned, your computer will wake up like nothing has happened.
Did it work? Yes, it did! The computer runs like new, and every file and program is still in place. We realized that a total harddrive meltdown might just have been days away, and it would have taken our streamliner design with it (well, not completely, that annoying cloud backup software had hopefully saved a copy of it, but it would be a big hassle to retrieve it and get the computer back up and running again...)
Fingers crossed that we really fixed it, and that my desktop will wake up happy again tomorrow. Although I was quite annoyed by Bill's complaining, perhaps his nagging actually saved us from a complete computer crash. I will give him some credit for that.
There is lots of drama involved in the design of a streamliner, that's for sure! :-)
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--- First glimpse of Green Envy ---
Keeping my trophy husband chained to the computer for three days did the trick: here is the first glimpse of the Green Envy frame. :-)
The "engine bay" will be about 3 ft (1 m) longer to hold the 1000+ HP drivetrain. It will also be about 2 inches (50 mm) taller to allow for more vertical head clearance, which has been shown by FIA to drastically improve safety. One of many little things we wanted to fix for a long time.
Update: Although Green Envy will be a sidecar motorcycle just like KillaJoule, I have chosen to follow stricter recommendations for safety than the FIM rules. I don't want to make racing a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I want to come back and do it again, even if I accdientally throw my toy on the ground at 400 mph...
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