of the good features of the
original WAW have remained, the separable nose and tail, the narrow
wind profile, agile steering and sexy shape. The state of the art Bries
air suspension confirmed that the intrinsic passive suspension of the
WAW was actually the better solution regarding comfort*efficiency to
weight*losses ratio so we happily kept it. The Bries's front suspension
was working great but it was too expensive, a little heavier, and the
disk brakes were just too much trouble; so again we decided against
fashion and stuck to the velomobiel.nl
McPherson struts with drum brakes. The steering has continuously
evolved over the years into a clean, durable and weatherproof
construction with a smooth, accurate and intuitive feel. Although the
light mounts are going in against the car design paradigm we and our
clients are actually very satisfied with the current modular,
The principal improvements to the WAW architecture are the optimization
of the interior space while maintaining a minimal volume, new carbon
and aramid fibre lamination techniques and aspect, and the new canopy.
Taller people fit in better, the youngest BeWAW was delivered to a 1.89
m Belgian commuter. We redesigned the wheel wells resulting in four cm
of extra leg space while maintaining the short turning radius.
protection and Ventilation.
most attractive offspring of the Bries and WAW liaison is the new
canopy. By means of a flexible and tough mechanism, the position of the
visor and cap unit can be continuously adapted to the varying
circumstances. Moving the cap forward or backward and lifting the front
and/or the back or even one side only, directs the air flow for optimal
ventilation and rain protection. Perhaps the best feature is the
possibility to take apart the cap and the visor. The visor can be left
on the canopy for wind deflection or rolled up and both can be stowed
away under the seat. In this way the rider can modulate from complete
protection against to a complete contact with the environment. Our
clients are very happy with it.
handy feature is the faculty to flip over the entire canopy for stable
and comfortable in- and egress. Two little tugs on the hook-and-loop
hinges and the canopy can be slid forward again as usual for open air
riding. The new naked carbon fibre dashboard adds a great touch to the
interior space and doubles as the rain water gutter from the nose. We
made a flip-away mount for speedo's and gps as well so the WAW can be
left parked without worries. We're still working on a lock for the
entire canopy, more to deter the curious than for real theft
protection: a chain to the world remains the best option there.
Light and Smooth.
greatest pride, however, is that we managed to reduce the weight of the
standardBeWAWs yet produced to under 30kg. With a finer choice of
components and options we can build a 24 kg WAW! Dries applied all of
his seven years of WAW building experience to new lay-up patterns,
glueing methods, insight in the force vectors and shape and materials
interaction in order to achieve the lightest currently possible
construction of a safe, rigid and lossless velomobile.
All moulds were reworked to achieve a better finish, omitting the
considerable weight of paint or gel-coats. We were so happy with the
results that we decided to ditch the paint alltogether, leave the sexy
carbon look apparent and gain two kilograms in the process. The
finished aspect of the carbon weave again reflects a delicate balance
of weight and glossiness, preferring lightweight efficiency over car
We continued to building the lower part of the shells in aramid fibre.
Aramid is tougher, more impact resistant than carbon, but comes (for
the moment) only in a less than pretty yellow. A growing share of our
clientele has been applying printed adhesive foil for publicity
purposes, often with fantastic results. We learned from them and hence
the Aramid sides are covered with a tough high quality foil we know
from the ubiquitous publicity on cars and busses.
enhancements have been made to the rear wheel well, better sound
insulation of the rear bulkhead (between gears and rider), new moulds
of the canopy with a tighter fit, and a meticulous mixture of carbon
tubes and Kevlar skin inside the semi-monocoque body. We achieved the
following weights in standard production: Canopy: 450g, Nose: 1050g,
Body: 4450g, Tail: 560g or a total weight of the shells of 6.51 kg.
Subsequently some inner beams have to be added, the rear wheel well,
dropouts, suspension struts, bracket subframe and the seat, adding up
to a total body weight of 17.55 kg. After that it's a question of
components choice, tires, lights, etc.
Since the notorious bakmobiel,
we've gained quite some experience at building human-electric hybrid
vehicles. We believe this concept has a place next to the
sports-oriented human powered version as it can extend the
possibilities of velomobility, as well as make a car free lifestyle
achievable for a much larger public. The model on our photoshoot was
equipped with a Crystalyte e-assist (BionX is available as well). Our
customised Crystalyte offers four modes: weightless velo, Mondeo, F16
WAW's for All.
have an handy online Waw configurator now, showing approximate weights,
prices and information about the building proces. It's meant for our
direct customers, your local dealer will provide you with a custom
version. We use it as service and version tracker as well. We will
share a personalised Waw configurator with you if you can give us a
all the options we grew to offer, we feel the BeWAW has such a broad
application field that it may become confusing. Ranging from the purely
physical and mental benefits to the plain economic logic, there are as
many backgrounds as there are riders. Although we're keen to offer
tailored solutions to our clients, we may split up the BeWAW line in
three sub categories: the C-WAW as a no-compromise human powered speed
machine; the A-WAW, with hybrid propulsion and full electronics, as a
car replacement; and in between those the BeWAW, composed to the
specific demands of the rider.