MAX Update No. 78: Streamlined Headlight Covers

| 7/29/2011 2:19:23 PM

I drove MAX to Ohio to cover the Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge, Craig Vetter’s competition for high efficiency motorcycles. I learned lots at the competition and even more on my tour across Middle America, but first I want to write about my preparation for the adventure.

0 78aFinishedCoverHeadlights aren’t generally a big contributor to drag, cars are generally pretty blunt in the front and headlights fit right in, but on MAX the headlight buckets are like a couple of flour scoops stuck on the front and they do disrupt the airflow. Fortunately the front fenders are replicas of Lola Mark 1 front fenders, and apparently they raced those at night back in the ‘50s (or they wouldn’t have headlights) so headlight covers are available.

Whoa! For a hundred and eight bucks each! Martha, my pills!

Okay, I’m calmer now. Since a real Lola Mk1 is worth a quarter million dollars (for a nice one) it shouldn’t shock me that the parts necessary to keep them nice are priced pretty…nice. It’s not like these are big sellers, and it’s not a highly competitive marketplace; it’s a fair price, it just doesn’t suit MAX’s budget.

Well lucky for me, the problem was half solved last December in MAX Update No. 64: Glowing With Pride, when I made some ABS plastic headlight bulb protectors for the inside of the headlights. The big differences between these covers and those are:

--These have to be clear.

Russell McLean
8/7/2011 11:47:08 AM

WOW, great job in Ohio. I could not wait for Jack's report. This showed up in a Google search: Russ

8/7/2011 11:34:14 AM

Congrats on finishing first in the Vetter Challenge! Yeah, I know two others had better mpg numbers, but yours is the vehicle that 98% of people would actually use.

8/6/2011 9:12:11 PM

The bubbling was due to moisture in the sheet. Try a Copolyester ( Spectar,Spectar Clear OR Tritan- from Eastman Chemical Co) NO BUBBLING tough as polycarbonate, MUCH tougher than Plexiglas

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