The EQP2 Xcursion is designed with a lifting body, which in essence means the aircraft produces lift not only over the wings, but also on the body itself. Several CFD processes were conducted to verify these properties, among others Aerospace Engineer Aleksey Matyushev from the US helped us in creating all the aerodynamic research in this project.
Many benefits can be produced from having a lifting body design, the main one being less wing span, but our primary goal is to have less lift, thus less drag on the wings during cruise to achieve a higher cruise speed. If this happens will only be shown in test flights though, because we have not had the ressources to do wind tunnel testing.
Another item we're concerned with is the "pull" this lift creates on the canopy. The CFD image below shows research done to create canopy locks that are strong enough to hold the canopy in place under a high G pull @ high speed. As you can see the blue area shows low pressure gathering right on top of the glass, an approximation shows we had to dimension the locks to hold (worst case) atleast 600kg of pull.. Which is alot!