Developments at F1 Hoverpod® Racing
The Team at F1 Hoverpod® Ltd prides itself on sharing the knowledge and developments surrounding the project and as we progress forward we will share this information with you. This provides you with an understanding of the emphasis upon quality of product and materials used. All of which goes into providing a World Class Product and the “World’s Number One Hoverpod®”.
The latest developments include over 3 years of research into composite materials and testing these to their limits. The result was a breakthrough in fibre weave technology which produced some very surprising results. The outcome of which is a 100% brand new hull structure with a never to have used before fibre method that provides the Hoverpod® with a structure that will last and last. No need for any of those reinforced patches as on lesser or inferior products but a structure designed to stand the test of time. Its fundamental strength is provided by the composite material used but the breakthrough which has caused all the interest is the light weight and durable structure and as we all know, weight is crucial when racing craft are concerned as power to weight ratio is a major factor in developing efficient and maximum power output.
The Engine Technology is something to which F1 Hoverpod® Racing brought in the worlds very best to develop. It is a modified twin cylinder four stroke engine of which produces power for both lift and thrust in a very efficient way. The air created by the fan is directed downwards to create the lift and when the craft raises from the ground, then becomes part of the air flow travelling through the wind tunnel to create thrust and thus the product moves forward at very high speed. This in part is due to having little friction as with conventional vehicles as there is no contact with the ground. This is what makes the Hoverpod® such a fun vehicle as it has no contact with the earth, it is able to travel across almost any flat surface such as water, ice, mud, sand of land with no loss in power.
The Wind Tunnel Section is something that is very top secret at this stage but I am cleared to provide you with some information that will excite the petrol heads amongst you all. Firstly, as with cheaper products of this type, there is a substantial amount of loss in efficiency and as such a loss of power. However, as F1 Hoverpod® Ltd decided at a very early stage that they did not have the technology and skills required to make sufficient improvements to justify the research, time and effort. However, in making this decision there was a decisive factor of influence. I was the very kind offer to help by Sheffield University who’s Aerospace space division is sponsored by BOEING. And if there is one thing F1 Hoverpod® Racing recognised from a very early stage was these two combined was a force to be reckoned with and taken very seriously. The outcome was………………”ah”. I did tell you that this was secret but “Wow” is a rather good phrase to use at this point and all I can say is that you keep your eyes focussed upon the blogs for some serious excitement coming very soon.

Team Manager

F1 Hoverpod Racing

August 10, 2010


The long awaited summer has finally arrived here at Hoverpod and the warmth of the sun always excites the fun side of Hovercraft enthusiasts. It is often a good sign when the amateurs and enthusiasts start spending a bit longer at night in their garage and lock up’s and the engine oil is showing in the supermarket trolley !!!. It’s all quite normal to those who understand the spirit of enusiastic racing or endless cruising, the problem is that whilst we spend so much time caressing and caring for our craft, we often forget our loved ones, family and friends. Now is a time to spend 10 mins thinking of them and remembering that a clean and well serviced craft is good but a special thought toward safety and security of all is equally important.

It is vital to check all bouyancy aids, first aid and have a incident system in place just in case. After all, we all want to enjoy our fun with Hovercraft for a long time to come and this simple but important proceedure could save your life in the end.

The work at F1 Hoverpod Racing continues through the summer although at a slightly reduced rate as our research partners are on the summer shut down period (lucky them) which allows us some extra time to assess the facs and figures they have so gracefully supplied us to work with.

One thing that may be of interest to you all is the reduction in vibration has been addressed and the findings are quite significant but you will have to wait to see the outcome which I’m assured is not far away now. In the meantime have a good summer (or winter if you are down under) and stay safe.

Team Manager

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News Up-Date

April 27, 2009

Latest Announcement
As per my promise to keep you all informed and as a pre-requisite to keeping the gossip mongers at arms length, we have yet another announcement to which we would like to share with you all. This announcement relates to technology and club management.
The Team at F1 Hoverpod® Racing have always recognised that the management of club membership in the modern age is something to which technology has in abundance and by using this technology to it’s maximum enables better control of team membership as well as maintaining a low cost solution which ultimately reflects back to the members in helping to reduce overall cost of running.
The Team at F1 Hoverpod® have over a long period been working on the very solution and have found through its research that mass storage of information is able to be achieved through the use of swipe cards. The only problem being that we are all a bit tired of having so many cards. The solution was simple and one which we can all readily accept, one single card that manages every aspect of our daily use, stores all the information of our other cards and has the added advantage of managing our bank accounts also. The Team at F1 Hoverpod® Racing are proud to say we have a new addition to our supporters and sponsors list with a globally recognised name and association.
The progress is good and the support is excellent. The motto being that the bad has gone and bring in the good and the world will judge us on our success and not our past slanders which we have been fully vindicated.
A Big Thank You to all who stuck by and showed great strength of character.
Keep the faith.
The Team.

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