When we last left Bob Horn and his recumbent racer, he had just had a rather unfortunate accident running off track leading to an extended recovery. Not the type to waste an opportunity, he used the time off to redesign the racer during the rebuild. Now, Bob's back with the first track test of his EXperimental500, with two wheel steering, no less!
He made his way to High Plains Raceway and slowly ventured back onto the track, testing what he knew, in theory, should work, but up until that point, had no knowledge of whether it actually would work. We're in uncharted territory here, two wheel steering recumbent road racers, not for the faint of heart. Add to that, a two year layoff since the accident and you can imagine the many thoughts running through his mind while he felt his way around the track testing his creation and his reflexes.
The great news is those first two laps were uneventful, everything worked as intended. The 2WS is now combined with a new linked braking system and according to Bob it's a major improvement. After a long inspection in the pits to be sure nothing was coming loose and there were no mechanical issues, he went back for several more laps, feeling a bit more relaxed.
This entire project is so incredibly refreshing to watch, an entirely new design, a recumbent racer with two wheel steering, built and tested on track. I love it!
No lap times were recorded during this test session, but the last MRA race of the season is at High Plains Raceway, September 17th and 18th. I bet he'll get some lap times then. Great seeing you back out there, Bob! Go get 'em!