August 30: assembly

Here we are attaching the engine, jet pumps and transmission system on the frame and molds. It’s coming together!

August 29: technical drawings

Some of our technical drawings depicting the transmission and reverse system…the finesse behind the fun!

August 25: work in progress

At this point we are discussing some details about the reverse and the transmission system. The functionality must be outstanding, but it also needs to be easy to change and maintain parts when necessary.

July 07: new scale model

A new scale model to whet our appetites in white blue and orange. This one will be presented on the cannes boatshow 2012.

June 12: different renders

Go ahead…pick your colour! The actual model that will be presented on the monaco boatshow 2012 will have the same colors as the green render.

May 28: covers on frame

Believe me, working on these covers was a lot of fun.

May 20: hydrofoil fin

The new hydrofoil fin we will use to test the prototype.

April 19: working plans

Some of our plans. Building your dream is a lot of hard work!

April 17: covers

Our covers – all made in Italy.

March 25: frame

Here’s the new aluminum frame we’re using for the next prototype.

February 26: molds

Here are the molds we’re using for the prototype.

November 10: the rendered model

This next-to-final model. All of the shapes and contours were expertly calculated by Lieven, and the engine and jet pumps fit perfectly.

October 30: current model

Here’s the design of the current model – I love this craft.

January 26: first scale model

Once we had the design finalized, we built a small model to see people’s reaction.

December 13: the first renders

Here’s the first real design!

October 10: finished first design

Here’s Daniel’s first depiction of how the real Wesp would look.

September 24: sketches

My designer Daniel came on board. Here are a few of his first sketches. 

July 15: first test on water

The first real test of the prototype on the water. One of my main priorities was the hydrofoil fin, and it worked like a charm.  What an amazing feeling – the Wesp was in the water, and I knew I could make it work.

June 25: floating test with engine

The next float test, with the weight of the engine attached to the frame.

June 03: The fin

Here’s a great shot of the hydrofoil fin, attached under the front of the prototype.

June 05: floating test part 2

The next step was to assemble the front and the back. I attached the side buoys to the frame, and it floated beautifully. 

May 25: First frame

This is the back part of the frame, made of aluminum.

May 19: Floating test front

Here’s another shot of the float test. You can clearly see the Styrofoam/fiberglass construction.

May 15: Floating test

Obviously, the Wesp would have to have exceptional floating ability. Here’s a test of one of the side buoys covered with fiberglass. The metal plate on top allows me to attach it to the frame. 

May 12: 3D model

Now I finally knew what the first prototype would look like.

May 03: Styrofoam plugs

Once I had the Styrofoam parts, it was easy to cover them with a layer of fiberglass.

April 12: 3D

I made these 3D drawings of the side and front buoys, and then the CNC machine was able to make the parts out of Styrofoam.

December 14: Frame

The first prototype – a depiction of the frame.

November 29: Volume Study

After the model started taking shape, I focused on achieving the volume I needed to make the Wesp float.

September 16: Clay Model

Once the sketch was done, I moved on to a clay model – I needed to see the human/machine/engine proportions to get the right look and feel.

 

September 09: First Sketch

Here’s my first rough sketch of the Wesp. I was determined to make it look exactly like a race car on water.