Voison Laboratoire Racing Car
Paper Model of a 1923 Voison Laboratoire Racing Car
Last updated: $07 March 2016
An Unusual Car
The Voison Laboratoire was an experimental French racing car from 1923, made by the Voison aircraft company.
Among its unusual features were:-
- streamlining, though the slab-sided design probably had a fair bit of vortex generation drag as the air flowed from the curved top sideways down to the flat sides
- no differential gear to reduce weight - the rear wheel track is very narrow to reduce the wheel-slip that results from having both wheels turning at the same speed
- a quiet sleeve-valve engine (popular for aircraft even up to the 1940s)
- aluminium body panels
- rectangular steering wheel
However, it did not have enough power, and was unsuccessful.
Here are some more pictures of the model.
You can download the model from http://pierreg.free.fr/carton/projet/voisin/voisin.htm and print it out.
It was not as easy to build as I thought, but on the second attempt I got it right. Problems were keeping the body alignment correct, and making the wheels (latter is a common problem for any paper car).
Here is a page with some hints from my experience
Some more pix
This page http://tardus.net/voison.html
published: 30 May 2011
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