27 Sep '13, 11am

@BLOODHOUND_SSC steering wheel design finalised.

@BLOODHOUND_SSC steering wheel design finalised.

Early concepts of the wheel were developed in clay from Green's hand imprints in the triple layer fireproof gloves he will wear for the record attempt. CPD took these initial designs and focused on optimising for a range of considerations, including ergonomics, usability and aesthetics. The final design was then rapid prototyped at CPD and delivered to the Bloodhound team in Bristol for testing and approval. Karl Hewson, usability and design engineer, CPD, said: "We retained the original geometry derived from the clay model of the grip area and repositioned the forward facing button locations to fit within Andy's thumb pivot points. "The new layout now allows a single fluid rotation movement of the thumb to transition from the power grip used when driving into an activation grip required to press buttons. This revised position could save between 0.5 and 3 football pitches ...

Full article: http://www.eurekamagazine.co.uk/design-engineering-news/b...

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