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Richard230

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Electric MonoRacer
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:33:16 PM »

The MonoTracer will return, this time called the MonoRacer with an electric motor and a big battery.  Bring lots of money, though!   :o
https://electricmotorcycles.news/discover-the-power-of-electric-cabin-motorcycles/

Which reminds me, I haven't heard anything for the past few years regarding that two-wheel, gyro-stabilized, car that looked similar to the MonoTracer and was being developed in San Francisco. I guess, after a lot of promotional talk, articles and a few videos, the money finally ran out and the project and its developers imploded.  ???
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Re: Electric MonoRacer
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 09:47:15 PM »

Which reminds me, I haven't heard anything for the past few years regarding that two-wheel, gyro-stabilized, car that looked similar to the MonoTracer and was being developed in San Francisco. I guess, after a lot of promotional talk, articles and a few videos, the money finally ran out and the project and its developers imploded.  ???
That would be the Lit Motors C1 and I just tried to load their website. It's still trying.

http://litmotors.com/c1/
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Re: Electric MonoRacer
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2018, 03:59:18 AM »

If I had an obscene amount of money to spend, I'd rather buy this than a Lightning or Energica. Especially if it stands a greater chance of being importable than before and more serviceable than an electric motorcycle with totally custom powertrain.

The MonoTracer X-Prize win was what made me pay attention to electric motorcycles. If the principles and styling of that fairing could transfer to a Zero, I'd snap it up, just to have something reasonably equivalent at half the cost.

I do have a deposit in with Lit Motors, but agree that whatever momentum it had has passed, and the idea hasn't really come together as a product development path. It's too bad, because I think if it had worked, it'd have carved out a reasonable new personal transportation niche.
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Re: Electric MonoRacer
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 04:40:49 AM »

I just thought I'd run the numbers. For the MonoTracer, 350 miles estimated range on a 31.7 kWh battery gives them 90 Wh/mile; Zero's 13.0 kWh S is estimated to give 81 miles, so 160 Wh/mile. (Though Zero uses 70 mph for their freeway range spec, MonoTracer uses 65.) It's not clear how much power the MonoTracer has, but it seems a racing version they call the MonoRacer has 130 kW = 175 hp, so I'd doubt the street version is underpowered.

A pretty good example of just what good aerodynamics can do for a machine!
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Re: Electric MonoRacer
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2018, 09:31:17 PM »

This Lit Motors C1 is amazing! It's a shame its future is now unpredictable...
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