Andrew Walker is the Chairman of the Lotus Seven Club of Great Britain, and here you can see him trying out some aero mods on my car!
The idea was to try a trick from the Lotus GP cars of the mid-Sixties. Here Andrew takes a rubbing of our Brooklands screen stanchion, so we can make a plastic copy.
They were fitted with a shaped windscreen that worked in conjunction with the curved bodywork beneath to create a wall of air, which was supposed to kick up above the driver. So we thought we would give it a go!
Template used to make a perspex side mount for our experimental screen.
Fixing the windscreen endplates.
Fitting the lower element of the windscreen.
Second windscreen element roughly placed in position. Note the foam spacer to create the correct gap and angle.
Testing!! We could only run about 10 metres up and down a small industrial estate, so impossible to get any results really.We tied bits of cotton along the edge to watch the air flow.
So quick I could not even take a photo!
So - did it work? Of course not!! This was just a Saturday afternoons brainstorm, and a bit of fun. We need to refine the gaps and angles and try and test it properly - one day we will revisit the experiment, and you will be the first to know what the results are.
Andrew wants to try a few other tricks, so this section will grow! Who knows if any of them will be successful, but its fun trying!