You’re familiar with the idea of the electric skateboard chassis used for electric cars where the batteries and motors and everything else are down low and designers can put whatever they want on top. The same concept is at work here, sort of, with the White Motorcycle Concepts WMC250EV, designed in pursuit of the electric motorcycle land speed record.
Motorcycles are not very aerodynamic for the most part, fairings help, but the engine and rider present a fair amount of frontal area that air needs to be routed around. Electric motorcycles have an advantage here because the motors can be in the wheels or somewhere down low along with the batteries and control electronics. The only remaining piece that needs to be there is the rider, the large IC engine is gone. From the side, it looks a little different, but from the front or rear, well, it’s unique.
Since the rider is used to straddling an engine, why not keep that same posture and let him straddle air, simply removing everything in the center while letting air pass through where the engine used to be? Well, that’s exactly what these guys did. There’s an empty air duct in the middle of the bike where air meets no resistance reducing drag and according to their wind tunnel testing it reduces drag by 70 percent! Not bad.
If you can get over the appearance, it makes sense. Will they break the land speed record? Who knows? Some time later this year, we’ll find out. I think it looks pretty interesting, a bit odd maybe, but definitely interesting.