The State Of The Art for Extreme Bicycle Technology.
It is amazing what the human mind is capable of. More amazing still is what the human mind can envision for the human body to do. In this case we are talking about the technology to use human power to travel through space at maximum speeds.
The engineers behind this extreme bicycle technology have used the latest technology and methods to produce a light aerodynamic design. The shape was perfected using fluid dynamics software to ensure laminar flow. This design completely eliminated any windshield or canopy for the driver to see from. Instead tiny external cameras feed video signals to two small video screens located in front of the driver.
Getting used to this almost virtual or enhanced virtual reality interface was one of the challenges according to the driver.
3D additive manufacturing or 3D printing as it is known, was used to make the mold for the carbon fiber chassis.
The frame is made from carbon fiber material that is ten times stronger than steel and significatly lighter. The team from Aerovelo has named this latest design “ETA”.
ETA is a common acronyme for ” Estimated Time Of Arrival”. – Great name right?
This type of thinking can be applied to so many different types of vehicle and consumer products design. Energy does not always have to come from an external source. It can also be provided by the human body.
In September 2015, Aerovelo’s Eta Speedbike set a new world record in human powered speed by going 139.45 km/hr (86.65 mph).
This video takes a look under the hood at the team and the technology that makes Eta one of the most efficient vehicles on earth. Be sure to leave comments as to what you think about the extreme bicycle technology shown here and the world speed record achieved.
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Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.