Liverpool Students Design 90-MPH Carbon Fiber "Pod"
This large, blue and white “pod” might look like an escape craft from a science fiction movie, but this object is actually the ultra-lightweight body of an experimental bicycle. If all goes according to plan, this pedal-powered pod could achieve a world record. It is a design being constructed by students at Liverpool University. They have been working on it for the last six months, and are crafting the oddly shaped shell for one reason– achieving maximum aerodynamics to reach 90mph. RELATED: See images of the 2013 Caterham Carbon E-Bike
The body is being made entirely out of carbon fiber, that even excludes the presence of a window. That obviously prohibits the driver from seeing, so the students crafted a clever camera system that allows the driver to see the road via digital screens inside the bike.
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The rider will sit in the recumbent position (leaning back, with feet and pedals out ahead), helping the shape of the bike to be low and long. According to the Mirror, the “pod” is more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Veyron, in an effort to reach their goal of fastest pedal-powered vehicle. The report did not state which exact record the students were going for, but we'd have to guess it is the record of 83.13 mph set in 2013. We wish these students the best of luck, but we’d still take the Veyron.
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