Manta5 XE-1 Hydrofoiler Bike
Whilst Jesus might still be the first and last person to walk on water, biking on it has now become a reality. The extraordinary Hydrofoiler XE-1 Bike from NZ manufacturer Manta5, mixes pedalling with electronic power and hydrofoils, to allow riders to plane across the surface of lakes, rivers and oceans.
As with any bike, you pedal the XE-1 to make it go… But unlike any terrestrial two-wheeler, this hydrodynamic cycle's pedals spin a rear-mounted propeller, to move the machine forward.
In order to gather speed quickly and keep it floating upright, a waterproof 400-watt lithium-ion powered, pedal-assist motor adds boost to each stroke. The real keys to Manta5’s design though, are its submerged wings, called hydrofoils. These sit where wheels would be on a bicycle, helping disperse the rider’s weight and keeping them on the surface. As the rider pedals forward, they work like wings, reducing drag and pushing the bike up out of the water.
The XE-1 has a 6061 aircraft-grade aluminium frame - the standard alloy for many land bikes – whilst its 2-meter rear and 1.2-meter front hydrofoils are made of carbon fiber. According to the designers (Guy Howard-Willis and Roland Alonzo), a full charge yields one hour of runtime for a 190-pound rider.
As for the cost… somewhere between $6000 - $8000 when it goes on sale later this year.
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