Matt was soon back on board for more driving and so it continued for several hours with the lads taking turns to fly round the course. Teacher Tim Coller who had enabled the project to come about also had a ponderous circuit or two and gave his approval to the micro. Needless to say it aroused a good deal of interest from staff and pupils alike and we even had a photographer from the local paper take a few pics of the lads and the little car.
At the end of the day we drove back to the workshop and analysed the performance. We concluded that in most respects the micro had surpassed our expectations by far. The acceleration and potential speed were better than we had imagined they would be. The court was not long enough to hold the throttle open for more than a few seconds before lifting off for the turn at probably 20mph but it was clear the car was still gaining speed strongly at this point. The direct steering which I had thought might be overly heavy had actually proved very light and well balanced and the brakes were well up to the job and would easily, maybe too easily, lock the wheels in an emergency. The suspension was a great success and soaked up the bumps well. In fact the only concern was the ultimate stability which was worrying. .
Those who have seen the fun-tech Scootercar will have seen and probably laughed at the little outrigger wheels at the rear which look just like the training wheels from a kiddies first two wheeled bike. Well we now know why they are there.