Aeroscreen for daily use

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Aeroscreen for daily use

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I bought my Superlight early this year and have so far had very limited use of it. It's pretty much parked up for winter now but I'm planning what improvements to make to it before we are (hopefully) all allowed out properly next year.

On my one big blat around Mid Wales in August I tried driving for one day without the doors. I loved being able to bolt Spa Mirrors onto the windscreen frame without having to rely on the chocolate teapots fixed to the doors but the buffeting was something else and not something I'd regularly enjoy. 

I'm told that buffeting is mainly caused by the windscreen and that there is far less with an aero screen but I imagine that introduces a whole new catalogue of problems like stones and flies in the teeth.

How do people overcome this? Do you always wear a helmet with an aero screen or are sunglasses, scarf and beanie sufficient? What are the other downsides of having an aero screen on permanently that I may have missed? Would I have to put the full windscreen back on for MOTs?

I can see some clear advantages to going the aero screen route:

1. They look great

2. It's always ready for the track

3. It stops muppet passengers pulling on the windscreen when they get in and out

4. I can have proper mirrors

5. Did I say they look great?

All thoughts for and against welcome..........

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Personal choice obviously, but i'd only aero in a full face helmet for safety reasons

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I aeroe'd for years now i don't. Here's my points

1) If you do go screenless get a clear Aero. i found that the carbon aero limited the efficient placing of the car on apex's and restricts kerbside vision unless your tall in which case you're above the deflection point so why bother with anything at all.

2) The whole safety aspect is one of risk assessment and you won't get a clear answer here as this question has been done to death multiple times over the years on this forum so only you can make the decision. To some its a helmet or you're mad to others its safety glasses and a beanie. I don't know anyone who'd drive without any protection. I never wore a helmet i was eyewear only and never in 5 years suffered anything other than a bit of stinging in the rain but i increased my distance from the car/lorry in front by a considerable amount to avoid grit etc and i may have been lucky. I prefer a screen to a helmet anyday. When you park you have to carry the damn thing around or put it in the boot and risk theft etc etc etc

3) Other than clear race aeros there was only carbon when i aeroe'd so the vision thing eventually annoyed me enough to go back to a screen, that and i started touring more and my wife absolutely detested the aero and the accompanying goggle marks (not a good look at a posh ball) and i prefer her to be with me than be on my own when touring etc

 

 

 

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Aero is great. You'll actually have to start using the brakes to stop.

Unless raining heavy, using ballistic rated goggles and a beanie / baseball cap is fine. You learn not to tailgate or get too near to the car in front because of the grit / stones thrown up, but that's not a problem.

I always carry a helmet and a motorcycle one piece suit for the wet times, but driving in the rain is very enjoyable even if you have to take it steady.

Hearing protection required even for short drives. I use earplugs.

Having no screen in front of you gives a great sense of freedom with an open vista and no buffeting.

The downside, if you don't have a cage fitted, is the possibility of heading into the scenery and a wire fence, but I'm not convinced a windscreen would offer much protection in that scenario anyway.

If you go aero, you'll never want to change back. The car just seems so much slower and be less involving.

No problem with MOTs. If it's a traditional style car, brookland screens really suit well.

BECs Rule !
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Remember you will not be able to bolt your wing mirrors to the windscreen frame anymore! And you central mirror will have mysteriously disappeared as well!!

I remember setting of to Harewood with my race screen fitted so as to save time when I got there. Having NO mirrors certainly makes you more 'attentive'!
 

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I have been aero since the mid 90's, I wear ballistic goggles, with no hat, and on cold days cover the lower part of my face with a Halvarssons Neck Collar Windproof Water Resistant Fleece Neck Tube, ebay is your friend. I don't wear a hat, but cover my ears with skiers head band, with ear plugs. I keep a helmet for when it rains, and very rarely wear it, I find it restricts my vision too much. The car has an Academy Cage, and lowered floors, and I've used a race screen and a Brooklands, which I prefer as it 's possible to divert the airflow ( i seal the bottom edge with tank tape).  I simply love it.

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I used aeroscreen on my previous 7 for about 15 years. The initial decision was prompted by inability to stay ahead of TR8s and the like on long straights. Unless you're traveling only a few miles and restrict use to sunny days you will appreciate a full face helmet. Rain and stones both hurt more than you'd imagine. I drove from Donington to Caterham once in monsoon conditions, M1,M25. Visor raised about 1/2 inch I had better visibility than anything else on the road.   

My current car came with windscreen and sidescreens. I must admit that in 9 years I've never felt the urge to switch to aero. 

 

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A slight variation on the theme. I've used Brooklands (black packed for the mean look) for years. Like Tazio I use high spec glasses (with prescription inserts for Mike @ UKsportseyewear in my case). If I know there's a lengthy and boring motorway shlep and bad weather forecast, I also have a 'lid' ready to deploy if needed.

I always take a one piece, quality motorcyclists waterproof - love it. A far greater sense of being engaged, when in spectacular Alpine scenery or blatting with friends in the UK.

Rog

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With the aeroscreen when around town and on lower speed roads I use ballistic construction glasses with interchangeable lenses (sunglass lenses and clear lenses for night and cloudy days), full face helmet for higher speed roads and track use. I have two pairs of ballistic glasses in the car for passenger use, too.

Basic rule is if you would ride a motorcycle with an open face helmet without a visor on given roads, ballistic glasses are OK in those circumstances, if you would wear a full face helmet on a motorcycle riding on a given road, then full face helmet in the Caterham.

James

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DIY.... No problems.....use glasses.

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Perhaps borrow an aero to try out.  Half doors complete the experience as they stop the cold air swirling too much in the cockpit and keep spray from the front wheels out too.  If you can't fit a borrowed set, make do by fitting the tonneau and tucking the top section down the side.  Not perfect but definitely will give you an idea of what to expect if you do go aero'd.

Like a lot, I love being aero'd and it has to be wet or very cold for me to even think about using a helment.  I wear a couple of motorcycle snoods over my neck and lower half of the face and some Wiley-X googles.  Definitiely give it a try and see what you think

Nick