In the last years, HP-Velotechnik had focused on improving comfort, ergonomics and foldable trikes. With the Scorpion fs, they offer one of the most excellent suspended trikes on the market. The new non-suspended Gekko fx extends their product range at the lower-cost range of the recumbent trike niche. Both models are foldable, thus enabling easier transport and storage. However, one problem was not sufficiently solved, as Paul Hollants, one of the founders of HP-Velotechnik, told me: “Riding in wet and cold conditions, such as in mid-European winter, our Streamer is a good solution. But we wanted more!”
Prior to founding HP-Velotechnik, Paul and his co-boss Daniel Pulvermüller had thought about creating a velomobile to achieve this goal, and they were awarded by the German engeneers-society “Verein Deutscher Ingenieure” for a prototype in 1992. Today a lot of velomobile models are on the market and also velomobile add-ons, such as the Wildcat from Leitra. But they are not easy to transport and store. So Paul and Daniel thought of a foldable fairing and here the aforementioned Klepper Faltbootwerft comes into action.
The two German firms cooperated in creating a foldable fairing which will suite both, the Scorpion and the Gekko. It will be made from high-tech material, both the fabric and the frame structure to ensure a minimum weight and easy (un-)folding. Yet, it seems as if the folded package is too big for the luggage rack, but the development is not yet finished and the windscreen may be left away to make this possible. The product will probably be called “Dolphin fx”.
Though they sent me a picture of a pre-series prototype of the fairing, Paul emphasized that they will not show it on the Spezi 2011 as they first want to bring the product development to an end. HP-Velotechnik and Klepper aim at bringing this product to market in 2012 at a price of approximately 2800 Euro.