Interesting design exercise. However, it won't probably have as much impact as the Segway (snicker) Remember the internet chatter and prehype about how the Segway was going to be the next revolution in personal travel. Put this one in the 3 wheeled car category.
Yeah, that's what I thought when I read about it in MCN. I kept asking myself how much I might be willing to pay for this as I read the article, thinking maybe it's $40-50,000, and just about choked when I got to the half-million Euro price. Maybe I'll settle for a 'busa powered Texas ceegar replica. Or wait for the Chinese knock off.
I'm glad there are crazy people like this in the world. Every now and then one of them proves to be a genius as well as insane and we get useful technological leaps from them.
At age 12 I was convinced I could convert a derelict cement mixing hopper into an amphibious car (pedal powered, since I didn't have a license). I wound up with a decent go-cart as an evolution of the same project, but without my cement hopper.
I do think he needs to double check his power calculations and throw in some aerodymanic resistance this time.
This is just another answer to a question that no one asked.
(Although, that's okay if they come up with something really cool)
Basically, it's a foot-forward motorcycle like the Alligator or the Quasar, albeit an extremely high-speed one. But what good is 280 mph "motorcycle" to just about everyone? I know, it's a design excercise and mainstream production vehicles wouldn't need as much power. But then, what's really the point? Motorcyclists aren't likely to warm to this thing and dedicated cagers wouldn't dare switch to two wheels--too scary.
And a lowside looks like it would be very, very expensive.
Hey, for those that didn't know, I'm pretty sure that the "training wheels" automatically retract when the vehicle gets to a speed where it can balance on two wheels. They re-deploy when the vehicle slows to almost a stop. Either that, or they'll have to use the Flintstone method. I've seen another design that is very much like this one with the retracting wheels.
just what I was thinkin, and photoshopped poorly @ that, the concept has merit in that the only two factors in top speed are drg coeficient and horsepower, but a 1000 meter .68mile speed of 248 mph when a top fuel dragster is doing 3 and change in less than half the distance leaves something to be desired
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