Today is Yorkshire Day so I hope all my readers will doff their flat caps as a mark of respect while supping a brew of Yorkshire tea. ( Putting your muffler on and taking your whippet for a run would be doubly appreciated.) All together now ” On Ilkla Moor baht ‘at “
The engine and frame are designed and built by myself with manual tools, so no CNC mill or lathe. The compressor housing is home cast in aluminum and the rest of the engine is made in stainless sheet and cheramic coated mild steel.
It has been run in a test bench five times and most gremlins are sorted out by now, in a month or so I will test the bike on the road for the first time hoping to feel some of the estimated 150-200hp it should produce.
The engine is a turboshaft engine similar to a helicopter engine so it produce torque onto a driveshaft, so no jet thrust propelling the bike forward.
The class record at Bonneville is 349km/h so I need to push the bike to its limits if I am to have a chance at it, I will build a water/methanol injection system later to increase the mass flow and cool the air going into the engine. That should give me 30-40hp more if the calculations are correct.
When you watch the video please note the real Shedman safety gear: bald head, bare arms and flip flops.
You know what I said in the Quadopter post about the firework display “..now wait for the copy cats and the ensuing legislation..” well: looks like it might have been prophetic.
“the FAA – the governing body for nearly everything that flies in US airspace – proposed an interpretation of their rules governing model aircraft. The world hasn’t ended quite yet, but if the proposed rules go into effect, an entire hobby will be destroyed in the United States.”
Proposals for two accelerators could see country become collider capital of the world.
”. are planning to build a ‘Higgs factory’ by 2028…………..” I must have missed something here; I thought they’d found an absence which hinted at the possibility. Never let facts get in the way of good science.
Puritans, Goths, avant-garde artists, hell-raising poets and fashion icon Coco Chanel all saw something special in it. Now black, that most enigmatic of colours, has become even darker and more mysterious.
I bet the King would like some new clothes made of this.