News from the University of Liverpool of ARION 1 – a unique stream-lined bicycle which the university’s team of engineering students believes will become the fastest-ever human-powered vehicle. The University of Liverpool Velocipede Team is hoping to smash the 83.13 mph record set in September 2013 by TU Delft and VU Amsterdam universities by reaching a speed of 90mph.
ARION1 will be designed, manufactured and ready to race by May 2015, and will attempt the record in September 2015 at the World Human Power Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada.
The cyclist is encased in an aerodynamic outer shell and will use a camera and computer monitor to steer across the Nevada desert as the team seeks to break the speed record for pedal-powered bikes. The rider will be five inches from the floor and will need to generate over 700 watts of pure human power.
Team Leader Ben Hogan, 22, said:
“This is the first time that the University of Liverpool have attempted this exciting project and the team and I have been overwhelmed by the positive response we have received at this early stage of our journey.
“We are extremely excited about attending the 2015 event and having the opportunity to showcase the UK’s innovation for sustainable transport on an international stage.”
When will the Mayor of London try it out?