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.