Voison Laboratoire Racing Car
Paper Model of a 1923 Voison Laboratoire Racing Car
Last updated: $09 August 2021
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 here 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 tardus.net/voison.html
Last updated: 09 Aug 2021
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