|Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 01:57 am: ||
This looks vaguely familiar. Zero Torsional something-rather? .... Eh, probably just my imagination. Who in their right mind would fasten a brake disk to the rim?
http://blog.caranddriver.com/inside-out-continenta l-rethinks-disc-brakes-and-wheels-for-electric-car s/
(Message edited by Desert_bird on August 17, 2017)
|Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 07:48 am: ||
That looks almost identical. Wasn't there a patent on the ZTL setup?
|Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 07:57 am: ||
Indeed, there was a patent, and most of us saw it posted here. From what little I know of patent law, patents are excruciatingly precise and they only protect a design or idea within in a particular application. In Erik's case, that was a motorcycle wheel of xxx dimensions, for a motorcycle of such and such weight and use ..... I don't think his patent would apply to any designs outside of the precise parameters of the patent he applied for.
|Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 11:07 am: ||
It certainly does look like the Buell wheel and brakes. Looks good too. By the way, our 2004 Prius has it's original brakes and it has over 120,000 miles.
|Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 03:49 pm: ||
My son had a Honda 250 with an inboard disc.
One thing that is not mentioned in the article is that wheel and tire changes may be significantly more complicated.
Aluminum discs could be nice. I suppose that in an EV application, heat is much less of an issue. As I recall, some decades ago Erik developed plasma sprayed aluminum discs. Lightweight with a hard wearing surface.