With the first TTXGP completed and the eGrandPrix about to get under way, we’ll likely see many designs surfacing for electric racing motorcycles. Luca Bar, who we’ve seen here before, sent over this one of his E-Carver.
The design mounts a 130/65-16 tire up front and a 190/55-18 on the rear wheel that has a hub mounted motor. The riding position is nearly horizontal with the feet placed to the rear, since no shifting is required, and the legs partially protected from the wind by the battery pack which is formed around them in the front. Most of the technology incorporated in the design is either current or what Luca expects will be coming soon.
I think the design is interesting but I have two reservations, the first is the difference in front and rear wheel sizes and the effect it may have on handling. The second is the foot position. I understand the ability to place the rider’s feet to the rear could be advantageous but, at least as this design is shown, a misplaced foot at speed could lead to rather uncomfortable results, though extra protection for the feet to keep them from getting tangled in the wheel should be pretty easy to add.
There will certainly be a lot of other designers adding their ideas to the electric racer category, we’ll have to see what turns up.
Link: Luca Bar