Developments with
Hull technology

The technology team that is made up of technicians and
scientists from the highly technical world of polymers, monomers and fibres has
been working hard for some time now in seeking out a breakthrough for hull
technology has finally arrived. Sometimes the breakthroughs are coming in many
different guises and some are from the most unexpected and unpredicted ways,
some were even right out of the blue. smiley

The basic and honest truth about hull
technology is not really surrounded in secrecy and in many ways is not really a
myth, as the reality is that designers have in general two major obstacles to
overcome. They vary in many ways quite dramatically and range from strength of
structure through to shape and overall efficiency. The strength of the hull is
in many ways the simple one to explain as it really is quite simply what it
says on the tin. It’s focussed directly about rigidity and the suitability to
perform to the very maximum potential to provide the consumer with a product of
quality and with a long lasting vehicle but as I have reported previously,
there are still many so called “professional built craft” to which
have declared their admission of a weakness in the structure by re-enforcing
the failure areas or weak spots with stick on re-enforcement patches similar to
a Band Aid. This cheap method of masking over the product not only spoil the
whole aesthetic look of the product but also have very little if any overall
beneficial effect on the ability to provide strength, as the real issue and
problem is that the whole shape provides for a
too far obtrusive collision point that is simply masking over the
failure area in order to provide a stronger impact resistance which is not true.
The only real problem solver is a total re-shape of the structure in order to
eradicate and remove the problem at manufacture process. “After all”,
a larger crash bar on the front of a vehicle does not prevent a crash, it
simply provides a bigger target area in which to make contact with. smiley

There are lots of things to consider
before designing any hull and this includes Hoverpod and once again those
questions posed are quite varied and wide but in almost all general terms one
should always consider what the exact application and purpose of the craft is going to be designed to achieve. Is the
purpose or use a for a “Grand Touring Vehicle” or for a multipurpose
use and will the product require some more specialist modification treatment
for the specialist applications such as racing. Whilst most hovercraft are able
to travel at rapid speeds when required to do so, the shape of the hull can
create issues for racing where they are of benefit for long distance travel
such as a GT model.

The focus and extreme emphasis
in which the F1 Hoverpod Manufacture team has placed as a priority has seen a
combination of both strength and shape as the requirement for the “Manx
GT” and without trade off. This is to provide for a super fast racing
model that provides all the excitiment and a degree of comfort with the
rigidity and durability to overcome every situation and for that reason we
chose our working partner carefully for this task. The team at Formula Hoverpod
based our decision to work with the world leader in materials technique and
research. The facilities to which are without comparison in normal working
environment conditions and provided F1 Hoverpod Manufacture with a class
breaking result. The emphasis was upon breakthroughs in material wear and
polymer resins and the result has provided the Hoverpod with a material which
places it in a league of its own when it comes to longevity and durability and
will provide the user with the comfort of knowing they have invested in a true
quality product that will last and keep on lasting. The structure of the
material used has proven to be able to outlast any similar and often cheaper
products by up to 4 times whilst still providing a super light structure with an
ultra streamline and very efficient air flow system. This allows for super
quick acceleration and friction reduction from the hull structure when in
contact with any surface. smiley

Team Manager