Viper 5X Hovercraft
The Viper 5X is finally here.
Development of the Viper 5X Hovercraft took place over a 3 year period before final production molds were made in last 6 months of 2009.
Visually, the new design looks like an extended Viper 4, but only in part.
The lower hull was reshaped with a much stronger, cleaner profile. New features, such as skirt hook recess and trailer rail recess have added to the versatility.
The cockpit retains the original dash area profile, but the remainder was completely reshaped with a cleaner, stronger floor profile. Larger fuel and storage compartments compliment the re profiled seat base. The engine bay was enlarged to utilize a number of engine styles.
A larger, tuned fan duct for this series, with a specially designed bell mouth and splitter to reduce noise levels. Further improvement to thrust with the Installation of flow vanes. New rudders and elevator vanes are also used.
The most significant development, was the installation of the 3701 Hirth engine as standard for this new model. Gone is the 3002 Hirth from the 100hp line up, but will be considered for some applications.
The performance and low noise is impressive for a 4.6m 5 person design. The 5X feels light and responsive. Forward speed stability has improved significantly to the earlier Viper 4 series due to the additional length. The new design has adapted well allowing for much larger driver weight, and increased payload capacity.
We can see this new model will be adopted well in the rescue and fishing fraternity.
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