AirBack Brake Technology to supply World Record motorcycle challenge
05 June 2015
A team that’s won multiple engineering and innovation awards has set its sights on capturing the title of 'World’s Quickest Electric Motorcycle'.
Weald Technology, based in Uckfield, East Sussex, is moving on from its UK record and designing ‘Fast Charge’ – a 1,000hp electric motorcycle capable of speeds in excess of 200mph in just a few seconds.
This world-beating showcase for UK engineering relies upon the latest in automotive technology, and only the finest quality components are acceptable. That’s why Phil Edwards, managing director of Weald Technology and the man leading the project, is pleased to have struck a deal with AirBack to use the latter's patented friction reduction technology.
“We only consider using a product if it will optimise the efficiency of our bike, and the novel solution from AirBack clearly does that,” says Mr Edwards, who was introduced to Trevor Mennie from AirBack via a mutual contact.
It soon became evident that AirBack's technology could appreciably reduce the drag on the wheels and therefore let more of the precious electric energy drive the bike forward to record breaking speeds.
“I took lots of readings from the test rig that Trevor has developed and ran them through our calculations for the record-breaking run," says Mr Edwards. "It was clear that the reduction in friction would have an appreciable effect on our performance.”
”The ‘Fast Charge’ project will harness more of the energy available on the bike, and that’s good for any performance driver," says trevor Mennie. "However, the average motorist will want to drive normally but use far less energy, resulting in lower emissions and costs.
"This technology improves fuel consumption, reduces brake wear and maintenance costs. The environment will benefit from a considerable reduction in brake dust pollution to our atmosphere.”