Once upon a time, I stood in a fiberglass store on the east coast of Florida with Warren Mosler trying to convince him to give me a lot of money so I could build a motorcycle. “Why?” he asked me. “What can you do with a bike that hasn’t been made? And I didn’t have an answer for him. If I had been smart, I might have said something like, “We could build an electric motorcycle concept that puts all the mass of the motorcycle in the center of roll and leaves a huge hole in the center of the frame,” effectively cut the frontal area in half and make the whole thing absolutely faster and faster than all the hell.
Alas, I’m not as smart as I like to think, but Rob White is at least that smart. Like, extra-extra-wrinkle brain intelligence levels, and that’s exactly the motorcycle he built. Feast your eyes.
White Engineering WMC250EV
“If you want to demonstrate to the rest of the world that you have just invented a new aerodynamic concept that means you can go faster for a given horsepower, the best thing to do is to go as fast as you can,” explains Rob White, head of White Engineering and former engine technician to Formula 1 driver’s world champion Jenson Button. White is smart, then, but his advanced aerodynamic concept isn’t just about speed. This is only a part. “The records we are aiming for are all champagne but in reality they may be the trivial part of the concept. The real story is that while for a given amount of power you can go much faster, if you want to limit the speed of a London commuter’s normal driving cycle, the technology can be transferred to allow the bike to run. go significantly. further. “
What he’s saying there is that he’s going to prove the concept with speed and then use the efficiency gains to hit those record speeds to produce e-bikes that also have record range. “This has a direct benefit for CO2 emissions in cityscapes,” he says, “(and) offers huge gains that disrupt the market.”
White claims his new design concept reduces wind resistance by around 70% compared to conventional designs, and he’ll need all the help he can get if he plans to break MotoGP’s two-way record of 245.10 mph Legen Max Biaggi, established last year. on the Voxan Wattman electric rationalizer.
We will tell you how he is doing next summer, when he goes down by bike in the Bolivian salt flats for a record race. In the meantime, enjoy the concept’s wind tunnel test photos, then scroll down to the comments section and let us know what you think of what could be the world’s fastest electric motorcycle.
White engineering LSR electric motorcycle
Origin | Pictures: White Engineering, via Motorsport magazine and Top speed.