Hot-Rod Cub Now Available As E-LSA Or Experimental
One year after unveiling the concept plane at the 2007 Alaska
State Aviation Trade Show and Conference, CubCrafters used the 2008
Alaska Airmen's Show to formally introduce for sale its hot-rod
Carbon Cub -- a plane that optimizes the Cub formula to the "nth"
To create the Carbon Cub, the company took the lightest airframe
it could create, stuffed a big motor in the front, and added a
high-lift wing. The resulting monster-Cub, fitted with a 220-hp
motor, recently wow-ed spectators by taking flight following a
scant 19-foot takeoff roll.
The Carbon Cub kit can be fitted with a 180-hp Lycoming O-360,
resulting in the best takeoff and landing performance of any Cub on
the market... or, traditionalists may fit the erstwhile 100 hp
Continental O-200, burning less than five gallons per hour and
still outperforming most other Super Cubs. With either combination,
Carbon Cub owners will benefit from 40 airframe parts built out of
high strength carbon fiber, that were previously metal or
fiberglass -- which saves over 30 lbs compared with a stock Sport
CubCrafters states every component of the Carbon Cub kit has
been rethought and re-engineered for added safety, reduced weight,
and simplified assembly, along with the largest and most modern
interior available in its class.
The Carbon Cub is available as an E-LSA Kit or an Experimental
Amateur Built Kit. Each kit is offered in three sub-kits: fuselage,
wing, and finishing. All sub-kits are available in various stages
of completion, and are complete down to the last nut and bolt (less
engine, prop, tires, and avionics). A wide variety of optional
equipment is also available for the Carbon Cub Kit.
"We have retained the excellent flying qualities of the Cub, but
redesigned every part of every assembly to be stronger, lighter,
safer, or easier to build. We’ve come up with an extremely
clean design that reduces the total number of parts in the airplane
by 50% compared to the Super Cub!" said CubCrafters Chairman Jim
Richmond. "We estimate that the average builder will be able to
start covering the airplane in as little as 120 hours.
"In a hurry? We have kits that include covered wings and a
covered fuselage," Richmond added. "What color would you like?"