The GP 14 VELO (from velocity) is the ultimate expression of today’s new 13.5 meter FAI racing class, a point driven home by winning , on it’s very first outing, the 2nd 13.5 meter class World Gliding Championship held from 3rd – 15th July 2017 at Szatymaz, Hungary.
Adding the highly advanced and efficient 25 kW, retractable electric self-launching system – RESLS, creates a very capable package for both skilled pilots participating in competitions, and for those who prefer cross-country or other leisure flying with the independence of launching when and where wanted and the comfort of getting home!
The glider comes in two fuselage sizes – standard and slim (GP 14 S VELO), to improve flight parameters even more. The S version offers absolutely top shelf performance, with best glide L/D = 45 and Vne = 270 km/h, wing loading 32 – 60 kg/m2. At the same time, handling is impeccable and the glider is responsive and docile. The standard version is no slouch either with a glide angle of 43:1 but with room for pilots up to 6’5″.
The glider is designed using the latest 3D tools and methods, modelling and moulding executed exclusively via CNC machines. Uncompromised aerodynamic concept features sophisticated elliptic shaped wings and horizontal tail, as well as the most efficient and span-variable airfoils.
The production technology is based on the best carbon-epoxy composite materials commercially available, securing unmatched lightweight and strength of the construction. The glider’s structure is also high temperature resistant, which allows to offer a wide range of interesting or custom exterior colour schemes.
ESTIMATED PERFORMANCE FIGURES
- Vs: 65 km/h
- Vne: 270 km/h
- L/D: 43 / 95-105 km/h
- G limit: +5,3/-2,65
- Wing loading: 32-60 kg/m2
- Wing area: 7,0 m2
- Aspect ratio: 26
- Empty weight: 170 kg
- Max. take off weight: 420 kg (255 kg UL)
- Min. sink speed: 72-75 km/h (35 kg/m2)
- Min. sink rate: 0,51 m/s (35 kg/m2)
- Speed at 2,0 m/s sink rate: 177-199 km/h (35-55 kg/m2)
- Wing span: 13 450 mm
- Horizontal tail unit span: 2 060 mm
- Length: 6 460 mm
- Height: 1 224 mm
- Electric propulsion system
- Motor power: 25 kW
- Batteries capacity: 4 kWh