White Motorcycle Concepts Ltd (WMC) have recently revealed the much-anticipated WMC250EV, the most aerodynamic motorcycle in the World.
The team at WMC have spent years developing and fine-tuning their design aiming to set a new land speed record for a semi-streamlined electric motorcycle.
Alongside the speed record, the WMC250EV aims to achieve twice the mileage for the same electric charge as the current electric motorcycle market equivalent.
The WMC250EV differs from most land speed record bikes by maintaining a conventional seat height but with the addition of a vast duct that runs straight through the bike. This duct, named V-air, forces air through the bike, rather than around it. Comprehensive wind tunnel testing shows the bike’s innovative design reduces wind resistance by 70% compared to market-leading performance production bikes.
“If you want to demonstrate to the rest of the world that you’ve just invented a new aerodynamic concept that means you can go faster for a given power, the best thing to do is go as fast you can,” says Rob White, White MotorcycleConcepts’ founder and CEO. “That’s why we created WMC250EV high-speed demonstrator, the most radical version of this concept, to challenge for the world land speed record.”
Driving down limitations and increasing efficiency
While the team’s initial focus is on the WMC250EV, White Motorcycle Concepts is simultaneously working on a second project, looking to overcome the range limitations and battery cost associated with electric vehicle ownership.
The WMC300FR is a Yamaha Tricity 300-based scooter, reworked to incorporate an aero duct running under the seat from an intake between the front wheels. By using a standard production bike as a starting point, it means the firm will be able to get a direct comparison between the original Yamaha and the WMC300FR.
Rob commented “We want to demonstrate that we can create a 15-20% improvement of efficiency on the Tricity 300 and a 70% improvement on the land speed record bike, to show that the technology works between those two points,” said White, “Obviously the benefits are reduced as speeds get lower, but generally speaking, at 100km/h on a motorcycle, 80% of the drag created is aerodynamic, so therefore if you can reduce the drag by 30 or 40% even at 100km/h, or 60mph, that’s definitely worth having.”
Cottons are proud to be part of this innovative project and our logo even features on the tail of the bike!
Dan Roberts, Partner at Cottons, commented “As a firm, we are proud to be able to offer our services to businesses like Whites Motorcycle Concepts who look to break convention and innovate. We are excited to continue to help the team as they look to break world records and launch their ground-breaking technology worldwide.”