Facility and Staff
LoPresti Speed Merchants owns a 20,000 square-foot totally
air-conditioned manufacturing hangar facility at the Vero Beach,
Florida, Municipal Airport. An experienced engineering staff
works in the state-of-the-art, computerized engineering and
|LoPresti Speed Merchants uses the latest
in 3D software and plotting hardware for designing
The fruits of their efforts are the highly efficient engine
cowlings, wing tips, fairings, seals, and shapes designed to
reduce the drag caused by less-than-optimum aerodynamic shapes
on stock aircraft structures. The comprehensive cowl kits do a
lot more than cool the engines more efficiently -- they
significantly reduce the drag associated with cooling the
engine. Reducing cooling drag provides more speed, more range
and better fuel efficiency.
LoPresti designs induction systems that synchronize propeller
pressure pulses with engine intake strokes to provide improved
engine "Breathing," which produces more power. Fully adjustable
cowl flaps help fine tune the cooling air passageway geometry to
provide near optimum cruise and climb cooling. Hydraulically
sequenced nose gear doors ensure that the doors fit extra tight
to eliminate leakage drag.
LoPresti Speed Merchants manufactures mod parts from the ground
up, using carbon and fiberglass and hundreds of molds. Skilled
technicians turn the engineering drawings into the
three-dimensional molds used to create the finished parts.
|A LoPresti fabrication technician makes
Zip Tips (wing tips).
A metalworking machine shop turns out the specialized hardware,
including special hinges, hydraulic cylinders, and complex steel
and aluminum structures used to integrate the modifications with
LoPresti's engineering test pilots and performance flight test
engineers wring out the modification in rigorously controlled
flight tests, tweaking each mod for maximum performance.