There are so many hayabusa powered creations these days it’s hard to keep up and now, here’s one more. The Acabion GTBO, shown in prototype form at the Geneva Auto Show and looking like some super future vehicle designed to work on those swoopy elevated highways we might have seen in an old science fiction movie or Popular Science drawings about 50 years ago. In this case, the designer, an ex Mercedes, Porsche and BMW engineer, encloses a Hayabusa engine in a slippery pod shaped body, calculates horsepower,weight and drag coefficients and comes up with some fantastic numbers:
A total weight of 359 kg combined with an engine power of 360 hp enables the Acabion to exceed 1000 hp per ton of vehicle-weight. It achieves an electronically limited 280 mph with just 50% of its engine power, accelerating from 180 mph to 280 mph in approximately 10 seconds, which is impossible even for Formula 1 cars. Even with such a performance it consumes 5 to 10 times less fuel than a state of the art two-seater supercar. More than this, cruising at a constant speed, e.g. 120 mph, it is so efficient that it even consumes half the amount of fuel than a 2006 high-tech diesel compact-car.
Besides the extreme performance, this vehicle has electric power for those in town jaunts while running in zero emission mode and it has a computer network
providing a high-tech modular structure and storage capacity in a multi-terrabyte region. All Acabions are conceptually prepared, even for a future, fully-automated, individual traffic-guidance-system.
Okie dokie. In the world I inhabit, this vehicle doesn’t work. Enclosed motorcycles are great on the Bonneville Salt Flats but in the real world most of us prefer something a bit more reliable than spindly little outriggers for low speed, stop and go traffic with pedestrians and potholes, something like our own feet. Once you enclose the occupants, a third wheel for a tripod stance is the least you need to do. You also have to envison a fantasy world where this could operate as described on their website. Of course, the computer images of the Acabion sitting by the jet and running side by side a high speed train add to the dream like existence of this vehicle.
And then there’s performance. Let’s see, 180mph to 280 mph in 10 seconds. Right. There are a lot of books on automotive and motorcycle design but we need one more, “Calculations vs. The Real World.”
If this was just a design exercise, it would be interesting but he looks like he is really trying to sell it. Now THAT’s, interesting!