Bullet-shaped bike Aerovelo Eta sets new human-powered speed world record. It can go as fast as a car on a highway. Canadian firm Aerovelo, focused on human-powered technologies, has broken the standing world record with its latest invention.
After breaking and setting successive new records on 19 September, the Aerovelo Eta speed bike succeeded in achieving the record breaking speed of 89.59mph (144.18 km/hr) at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge held in Battle Mountain, Nevada, on Highway 305, which is the straightest, flattest and smoothest road surface in the world.
Now officially the fastest human-powered vehicle on Earth, the Aerovelo Eta has a shell-like design to protect its rider from wind resistance and friction, as well as to make it as efficient as possible. The frame is made from wet lay carbon fibre, while the shell consists of panels constructed from a sandwich of carbon fibre adhered to a core of aramid honeycomb.
Together with razor-thin tires and a sophisticated vision system featuring dual SD cameras as well as screens with an on-screen display, the bike can fit one person, scrunched in a recumbent, laid-back reclining position.The bike only requires 198 watts of pedal power at 90km/hr, which is equivalent to the same amount of power you’d need to keep three light bulbs illuminated.
The bike’s creators – namely Aerovelo’s cofounders Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson – have been racing bikes since 2009, and have already built two other amazing innovations: the world’s first human-powered helicopter Atlas in 2013 and the world’s first human-powered ornithopter Snowbird in 2010.