Hornet – Electric Superbike that Balances Gyroscopically

March 17th, 2010 by GreenDan Leave a reply »

Designed by Liam Ferguson, the Hornet is the winning project of the prestigious Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) competition.

The futuristic superbike generates power using its 74hp (kW) hydrogen fuel-cell six-phase Neodymium-Iron (Nd-Fe) electric motors incorporated in the bike’s giant wheel.

The motors allow the Hornet to reach the top speed of 235km/h.

Using two side-by-side small wheels, the electric superbike balances like a gyroscope when parked. But when accelerated, the bike tilts forward to raise its rear wheels and then runs solely on the two big central wheels.

The series of computers, incorporated in the bike, are used to evaluate its attitude as well as the rider’s inputs to rectify the stance according to the Hornet’s weight and momentum.

The Hornet weights 176 kilograms and due to its design, which makes the vehicle rather bulky, one may think that it is difficult to steer, but because of the dual-wheel system the superbike is very easy to control.

[via Electric Blue.]

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