A team at Kingston University London (KUL) wants to attend with their creation, a wind-powered electric superbike, the famous Isle of Man TT circuit in order to grab the $16,000 prize. Called “Ion Horse”, the electric bike will be the first of its kind to complete a 100 mph average lap.
The $240,000 “Ion Horse” is powered by lithium polymer cobalt cells that get the bike to reach 60 mph in just three seconds and a top speed of 140mph. It also features a unique new direct drive system expected to give the team the success they wish. For the moment, the Kingston team has not made public other details about this system.
Britain’s first green energy company, Ecotricity, has also contributed to the development of this electric bike. Besides this, it will completely powered by wind energy coming from Ecotricity’s 52 windmills. A few months ago, Ecotricity founder Dale Vince unveiled a wind-powered sports car dubbed Nemesis, that is able to reach a top speed of 170mph.
“The Ion Horse is the culmination of years of cutting-edge technology coming together for one purpose ” to take the TT’s 100mph lap record. But i’s also a design showcase for what electric bikes could be like, and thanks to the support of Ecotricity, completely powered by wind energy,” said Paul Brandon, Kingston University London Ion Horse team manager.