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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Aprilia Magnet


What do you get if you combine Michael Schumacher's Formula One car with Valentino Rossi's MotoGP bike? The Aprilia Magnet.

Originally designed by Heikki Naulapää as his degree project for his Vehicle Design MA at the Royal College of Art in London, the Aprilia Magnet combines open-wheel racecar design with two hydraulically-actuated, leaning front wheels to simulate motorcycle turn-in. A single, stationary wheel remains in the back.

The Magnet is powered by a 550cc motorcycle engine combined with an electromagnetic motor in each wheel. There's also a battery to provide some additional oomph. As if you'd need it; the power-to-weight ratio of this amazing hybrid bike must approach that of professional racing motorcycles.

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UPDATE (Brendan): No word yet on whether riders of the Magnet will be required to scream "TETSUUUOOOOOOOOOO" while dodging automatic weapons fire.



[Via gizmag]

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