Air-powered dirt bikes close to reality?
What if the very air we breathe could power dirt bikes? Could air possibly dethrone gasoline as our primary energy source for motor-powered machinery? It’s not likely as energy density, efficiency, storage safety, and refueling would be major obstacles on the path to sustainability.
But one brave design student from Australia, Dean Benstead, thought it was worth a try. Given a blank canvas from Yamaha Australia, in the form of a Yamaha WR250R dirt bike, and a DiPietro air engine from Engineair, the student developed his concept using a scuba tank as an energy storage unit. Hence, he came up with the 02 Pursuit concept dirt bike.
I’m sure you’re probably wondering how fast could an air-powered bike possibly be? How does a top speed of 140km/h sound? Sadly, this technology is nowhere near production as within the realm of sustainable motoring, it’s all about efficiency. Electric motors are almost 90% more efficient at this point, as well as the fact that they can cover a lot more distance before requiring a refill.
Maybe one day?
[Source: Asphalt & Rubber]