Engineering Students Developing a 90 MPH Bicycle

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University of Liverpool engineering students are currently working to create the fastest human powered vehicle ever. It’s Called the ARION1 Velocipede and it operates like a bicycle, although it looks very different than the typical ones we see.

University of Liverpool engineering students are currently working to create the fastest bike ever. It’s Called the ARION1 Velocipede and it operates like a bicycle, although it looks nothing like the ones we typically see.

The University of Liverpool Velocipede Team hopes their invention will smash the world record for the fastest human-powered vehicle that was set in September of 2013. That creation reached a top speed of 83.13 miles per hour.

The crew has a deadline for May 2015 to complete and perfect the project. Then, the ARION1 Velocipede will complete in a race called the World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada.

The bicycle will reportedly reach a top speed of 90 miles per hour and will hopefully be 40 times more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Veyron. Those are two very impressive aspects considered it is entirely pedal powered.

The operator will be seated about 5 inches from the ground and will be required to generate 700 watts of human power for the bike to reach the 90 mph mark. The vehicle emits no carbon emissions and it’s over 98 percent efficient.

The project leader, Ben Hogan stated “This style of cycling is known as ‘recumbent’ cycling. The whole bicycle is enclosed in a lightweight carbon fiber shell, giving the vehicle a streamlined shape which allows it to cut through the air more easily.”

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