Some of the disadvantages of the Mango which I want to solve are:
- too narrow (only 76 cm wide) so it tends to lift a wheel in fast corners or even fall over.
- too large turning radius
- too narrow cockpit around the shoulders
- too slow for a commute time similar to my car + traffic jam
When I came across the Audi Urban Concept I saw my dream cyclekart! It is a 2011 prototype for 2 persons, and weighs 480 kg with a 15 kW (20 bhp) electric motor that reaches 100 km/h (60 mph). It has 90 kg batteries holding 7,1 kWh of energy, resulting in a range of 45 km. Dimensions are 3,21 x 1,67 x 1,19 m (lwh).
It needs to be scaled down to ~80% overall and 50% on the cabin width to make it lighter and suitable for bicycle paths. My ideas:
- make it a single-seater, with a narrower body and also a narrower track (total 1 m wide should be enough)
- add cycling stuff so it becomes a pedelec
- use 2x 250W electric motors on the rear wheels but make it look like it only has 250W street-legal pedelec
- much less batteries, but enough for a 50 km range
- use lighter bicycle wheels
- use lexan for the front window
- no side windows and a roof from neoprene (like a kayak sprayskirt)
- lighter construction as the top speed will be lower too.
What are your thoughts?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2014-12-09 06:24 PM by MalibuMan.