Specs on the SL-Rover Velomobile.
The shell and the TerraTrike Rover combined, weighs 60 lbs.
It is less than 8 feet long, so it will fit in a Grand Caravan, or full size pickup truck.
There is a definite aerodynamic advantage on the SL-Rover, it goes faster and is less affected by a head wind.
There are two main advantages of the foam velomobile, the first being its light weight. The weight of a foam velomobile is comparable to the weight of the most expensive carbon-fiber velomobile. Lighter weight translates to greater ease in climbing hills.
The second main advantage of the Liberty SL-series velomobile is the low cost of the vehicle. Our models make velomobiles a viable transportation option for a lot more people.
Liberty SL-series velomobile shells also offer a quieter ride than fiberglass, carbon fiber, and aluminum models, because foam is a natural insulator. The flexibility of the foam also provides more protection if you bump into something----small accidents are a non-issue for your vehicle and whatever you bump into-----while fiberglass velomobiles would require expensive repairs, even in a small mishap. The flexibility of foam is also helpful when getting things in and out of the Liberty SL-series velomobile, as can be seen in our video, Bringing Home the Groceries.
Some people might not like the texture of the foam. It will never have a smooth, glossy automobile finish. The foam does not accept paint. However, it does accept vehicle wrap, which provides unlimited color and design options. (The texture of the foam does still show through the vehicle wrap.) Added benefits of vehicle wrap are UV-protection for the foam, and a more durable shell.
We design and build our velomobile shells in the USA.
Will you fit in the velomobile? To see if you will fit, adjust the handle bars on your Rover as shown in the photo below. The nearest inside point should be set at 16 inches. It will usually be more comfortable and easier to get into the velomobile if the seat clamp is moved back a couple inches or so behind the last frame bolt on the old style Rover.