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  Today, the ULV Team went to Sigmatex’s state of the art facility in Runcorn to pick up a 100m roll of 88 gsm material, ideal for our needs. This carbon fibre will be used to create the aerodynamic fairing of the ARION2, making it extremely lightweight. The fairing is […]

Trip To Sigmatex


On the 4th and 5th of November, the ULV Team attended the Advanced Engineering Show as part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult stand. HVM Catapult aims to catalyse future growth and success of manufacturing success in the UK, and is composed of 7 technology and innovation centres around the country. The AES […]

ULV Team at the Advanced Engineering Show




Cyntech Components, an established, specialist supplier of electromechanical components and sub-assemblies have agreed to supply the ARION1 with state-of-the-art miniscule cameras. The ARION1 requires a camera visual system because it has no windscreen. A windscreen would create a small joint that would disrupt the aerodynamic flow. Therefore, the ARION1 uses a […]

Camera System for the ARION1!


The overall gear ratio of the ARION1 will be over 7 times that of a conventional upright bicycle.  This beautiful 104 toothed chain ring, provided to the team by ROYCE UK premium bicycle components, will be at the heart of the ARION1’s transmission system. Thanks to Cliff from http://www.royceuk.co.uk/Royce-Uk.html  

104 toothed front chain ring!



In order to comprehensively test the aerodynamic performance of the ARION1, a full size model of the shell needs to be tested in a wind tunnel facility. Throughout August the ULV Team manufactured a full size wind tunnel model with Tindale Systems in Southampton. Firstly, the CAD geometry of the model […]

Wind Tunnel Model Build