If you love biking to work, but wish you could get there a bit faster, then the Raht Racer is just the cycle for you. This hybrid vehicle amplifies pedal power to enable cyclists to travel at car speeds while still getting a workout, and it has a roof to keep you dry in wet weather. The Raht Racer’s hybrid flywheel generator multiplies the pedal power of the driver so that the vehicle can hit a top speed of 100 miles per hour!
The three-wheeled Raht Racer features a composite body with room for everything the daily commuter needs, such as a laptop, a bag and lunch. It also prioritizes safety with a roll cage, air bags and seat belts. There is even a second seat for a passenger, so you can ride share to reduce your carbon footprint even further.
The Raht Racer is the perfect vehicle for people who want to bike to work but who live too far away from the office. The system is powered by electricity generated by the cyclist – it senses pedal torque from the rider and boosts it with sports car-worthy acceleration and speed. The energy generated by the driver also powers the on-board computer, which keeps track of the user’s performance and workout information.
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“Safer than a motorcycle, or bicycle on a busy street, the Raht has an integrated roll cage, reinforced carbon fiber body and automotive safety features like headlights, tail lights, seat belts & air bag,” says the vehicle’s website. “It will forever change the way you exercise and travel.”
For more information on the Raht Racer or to give to the Kickstarter campaign, click here.
Has it been crash tested for the speed suggested by the manufacturer? I see claims for speeds to 100 mph. I need to know if it is structurally sound to survive an impact at that speed. If so, please supply a link for that test. Thank you.
How do I get one. I am in Hawaii. Love to have one and promote.
I'd buy one
Hard to believe that such a big machine can be powered by a human faster than a car.
I am like this idea ,I am final year engineering student plz help to me because my project is "design and fabrication of "RAHT" bike so plz help regarding to all the detail of RAHT bike
It would be nice to have room for my dog - she has to sit at home when I go for a ride.
Because of what I do for a living, I drive 300-400 miles every day. Make one street legal and I'll gladly test it for long range use for you.
This is the way forward with 0 emitions.
I love it, but I have some concerns: 1. Ventilation. Pedaling hard generates a lot of heat. If I'm inside I am not getting the wind, so what's the plan to handle that? 2. Speed control. "American Makers" test: the guy testing it was working as hard as he could to get up to 70. To drive safely, you have to go somewhat the speed of the surrounding traffic, so when there are other cars on the road, you don't want the speed to be so related to how hard you are pedaling. 3. Lights, wipers, heating and safety equipment (horn, crash absorption). I've seen websites of prototype cars, usually ICE, using this 3 wheel layout and I-formation seating. Invariably, they claim 12 - 18 months till production, but then have to add motor-vehicle necessities (lights, wipers, horn, heater, crash absorption, braking requirements), and sometimes that apparently requires re-engineering the whole thing, because there's never an update. I can hope that's not the case here. Both flywheels and high capacity batteries have their challenges for crash safety.
Where can I get one???
I think that may be the actual tunnel they filmed the hoverboard/manure scene in lol.
doesn't lean? meh. where's the innovation?
Okay I'll take one...
10k for the option to buy... I'll spend 7k for an Elio thank you. Elio isn't electric but cheaper, goes further, mo powah, and has good possibilities for an electric conversion. WHEN I buy electric its going to be a small rwd sports car. This is a great idea and I'd like to have one... for less than 7k. 5k and you'd have me reaching for my wallet.
Starting RAHT RACING, as a sport, would be a great way to promote these as cool 'must have' vehicles.
So it's basically a velocar (which have been around forever)... but they can be much lighter/higher range in this age of carbon-fiber + lithium-ion batteries.
I asked the founder on their Kickstarter and here are the answers: Range without pedaling: about 50 miles. Regenerative braking? Yes. Additional range from pedaling: Insufficient data to say yet. Charges from a regular 110 volt outlet.
Interesting. So, it’s a small electric vehicle with an auxiliary pedal-powered generator. Bear in mind that no amount of technology can allow a regular person to cruise a bicycle at highway speeds without an additional energy input. The physics just don’t work. (Particularly given the extra weight of this vehicle and the loss of efficiency from that fat rear tire.) Obviously, battery storage allows you to get some help from regenerative braking, being able to pedal at peak efficiency while going downhill, and continuing to pedal while stopped, but this isn’t going to be enough. Therefore: It’s buried pretty far down on the Kickstarter, but: “THROTTLE MODE Raht racer is Versatile – You never have to pedal if you don’t want to. Throttle can be used instead of pedaling.” This indicates that the machine has a decent-sized battery that allows it to run for some period of time without additional energy input. What they don’t give is any details on the battery. How long is the range with no additional peddling? By what percentage is it extended by peddling at a normal rate? If I’m travelling at, say, 45mph on a flat road and pedaling flat out, what % of the vehicle’s power is coming from me and what % from the battery? What are charging speeds? Does it charge from a normal outlet, or do I need special gear? This would be cool: Can I remove the pedal unit and battery to put in front of my couch to recharge the car while I watch TV in the evening? This is a neat concept and would be a great alternative to a full-blown car in many situations, or even a good second vehicle for commuting, so long as they can keep the price down.
I like the idea, I just would hope they can make it a lot more affordable.