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This Bicycle Travels As Fast As A Car, So You Can Ride On Highways

Hi Lance! Pedal your feet, and this covered three-wheeled vehicle will zoom up to 100 miles per hour.

By Adele Peters - Source: http://m.fastcompany.com

3043490-poster-p-1-his-bicycle-travels-as-fast-as-a-car-so-you-can-ride-onStep inside the Raht Racer, a three-wheeled vehicle that looks a little like a simplified version of the Batmobile, and you’ll start to pedal like you’re riding a bicycle. But as you feed power to the electric motor inside, the bike also senses how hard you’re pushing. Pedal hard–or flip on an automatic mode, if you don’t want a workout–and the bike will travel up to 100 miles an hour on the highway.

“Like on a bike, your pedals are your accelerator,” says Rich Kronfeld, CEO of Rahtmobile. “You pedal and you go faster. Except the computer is sensing and multiplying the torque, much like a guitar amplifier might do for a guitar. It increases the volume, basically.”

The result, says Kronfeld, is a bike that goes as fast as a sports car, that gives you the sensation of superstrength.
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To be clear, it is only a sensation. Most of the power comes from the electric motor and battery, not from your legs. But because it’s possible to pedal as you ride, it’s a way to get the same exercise that you would on a regular bicycle–with some crazy speed as extra motivation. The bike automatically adjusts resistance as you pedal over hills, so it feels like it would on a normal ride. If you want more of a workout, you can program in a different profile and ride, say, the hills of San Francisco when you’re in Manhattan.

The vehicle is designed to tempt commuters out of cars by solving the typical challenges of a bike commute. When Kronfeld started working on the project, he was commuting 13 miles to work by bike. “It was three hours out of my day round trip,” he says. “Then there’s weather. And in the fall and spring, you have to leave work really early, or you get stuck in the dark, and that’s too dangerous.”

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One Response to “This Bicycle Travels As Fast As A Car, So You Can Ride On Highways”

  1. Abdul Haris says:

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