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DSM helps Velox3 to set a new world record

News International-French

19 Sep 2013

At the 2013 World Human Powered Speed Challenge (WHPSC) in Nevada, the Human Power Team from the Netherlands was named as winner achieving a new world record speed of 133.78 km/h.

Their Velox3 was solely powered by human efforts. The aerodynamic composite shell was made from lightweight DSM materials, greatly contributing to the team’s success.

The WHPSC is held annually near the American village of Battle Mountain. For the event the Sunrise and Sunset Highway (SR305) remains closed for 5 days. This straight highway is 10 km long and has a maximum slope of 0.65%. Since the highway in the middle of the desert is there are no buildings and the Velox3 met very few obstacles.

The shell of the Velox3 was manufactured by using innovative Daron resins of DSM, optimized for use in a vacuum infusion process. Daron resins from DSM can be used with carbon fibers to make strong, tough and durable composite parts. Thanks to their low inherent viscosity the Daron resins demonstrate fast fiber impregnation, and also have an excellent adhesion with the carbon fiber. The resins can be easily adjusted for making complex shaped parts. This unique set of characteristics brings freedom to design and lightweight high performance - a winning combination.

“At the moment of truth both the technical and human side came together in the right way”, commented team leader Wouter Lion. "This superlight Velox3 allowed our Sebastiaan Bowier to become the fastest driver in the world of a human-powered vehicle.”