When you look at the testing of the 12iS and the 14, you get a tiny, weeny glimpse into just part of what is required to engineer, or re engineer a development or change.
Some of the consistent things about Vans have been the diligence to design, structural analysis and production values among many other things. With that comes hours and hours of what if, how can, would it, I am sure.
Without that, I doubt that many would have been built in the UK.
How about looking at 3 minor things in the 12iS and ask where the ideas may have come from ?
1. - New tank design
2. - Canopy support sub gussets
3. - Rear bulkhead inspection mod
Where did they first get thought about, discussed, suggested and now it looks like they have been incorporated.
We are on building RV #5 now, with #6 in pre planning. I can't think of any other kit I would want to build and the 12's we are now doing are the fastest and most fun of all (except micro Molex which is being changed !).
Swapping a motor from A to B, especially when the new one has loads more "stuff" with it must have been an enormous task and guess what, Vans took the time and opportunity to have a look at other areas which needed upgrading. Mind you, when they get round to gluing canopies on, boy, oh boy, I will be dancin' in the street
No, the RV12CEO won't be any less good than the RV12NEO - it will just be different and I am sure they do have great fun at brainstorming sessions. For those who haven't spotted them yet, keep your eyes open for the little bits of Engineer Irony in the prints and plans, they are there if you look...