The LEITRA is a new type of non-motorized vehicle designed for commuting, shopping, distribution of light goods, recreation and touring. The international term for this type of vehicle is a velomobile. It is fast, but not designed specificly for racing.
The primary considerations for the design of this tri-cycle with full fairing were:
Die Hauptüberlegungen beim Entwurf dieses Dreirads mit Vollverkleidung waren:
For fair weather use the fairing can be removed in a second by activating a snap-coupling with the tip of the toe. The two luggage compartments can also be removed quickly without tools.The LEITRA was approved by the Danish authorities for general use after systematic tests in 1982. The approval was given on the condition that the cyclist should have free access to give signals for turn and stop with an arm.
This explains the characteristic open design of the fairing with soft fabric on both sides. Also the built-in back mirror on top of the fairing was approved by the authorities.
The first LEITRA was built in 1980. Since 1982 it has successfully participated in many tough rallies in Europe, such as Trondheim - Oslo (1983) and Paris-Brest-Paris (1987). It has proven to be a real practical vehicle for long distance touring. Several million kilometers have been covered without personal injuries.