Electric bicycles have been popping up more frequently these days than at any other time in history. That’s not really saying much other than attribute it to the obvious technological advancements, but it really is a cool thing to see so many e-bikes being built these days.
It’s become so prevalent that upstart companies like Vintage Electric have joined in on the fun. Who is Vintage Electric, you ask? Well, it’s a California-based company that just released a pretty cool retro-inspired electric bicycle that harkens back to the glory days of the board track racers.
The bike is called the E Tracker and as you can plainly see, the inspiration to those old board track racers is strong on this one. It’s also custom-built product so you can definitely appreciate the level of detail that went in the development of this bike. The board track racer-inspired look is an unquestioned highlight, but you’ll also notice that the E Tracker also an engine casing tucked just under the horizontal frame of the bike. That’s not there for cosmetic purposes; there’s actually a battery inside the casing that supplies the electric power on the bike, capable of reaching a top speed of 36 mph with a 30 mph battery capacity for every charge.
Given it’s close aesthetic ties to the board track racers of yesteryear, Vintage Electric balanced the eras with new-school technology, including regenerative braking and LED lighting that comes as an added option for customers.
Since it’s a custom build, Vintage Electric is also offering custom paint jobs on the bike to go with an affordable price tag of just $5,000 for a base unit. Added options understandably adds to the bike’s price, but if you really want your E Tracker to stand out more than it already does, I don’t think these added goodies would be a problem for you.
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Audi was out in full force at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and while the undoubted star of its booth was the new R8 supercar, eagle-eyed observers noted that there was another vehicle there that wasn’t getting as much attention as the new 2016 R8.
But no such thing happens here, which is why I’m devoting some space to give some love to the Audi Sport Racing Bike. Yep. Audi has a new bicycle in the fold, joining the likes of McLaren, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin as automakers that have recently released their own bicycles.
The Audi Sport Racing Bike is a pretty special ride and I don’t throw that word around too often. It was built by the company in collaboration with CarbonSports, who as some of you may now, is the company that produces those cool Lightweight bikes.
If I’m going to give Audi any credit here, it’s because of the decision to enlist the help of CarbonSports to develop this bike. Not only does it look incredibly sexy, but it carries some materials that you normally would use in an R8. The inspiration is heavy on this one, indeed.
Take the bike’s frame and forks for example. They’re not just made from your run-of-the-mill aluminum; they’re actually made from T1000 carbon, the same material used in the cockpit of the R18 e-tron Quattro. The use of this unique carbon material resulted in the frame weighing just 790 grams. Do the math and that’s not even 1 kilo! Impressed now?
All in all, the Audi Sport Racing Bike weighs only 5.8 kilos, and that already includes a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and 3T finishing kit, a Selle Italia saddle dressed up in the same Fine Nappa leather used in the R8, and an individual limited edition badge.
Audi’s only selling 50 units of this special bike. Really, everything about it is special, including its astronomical price tag of €17,500, which is about $18,620 based on current exchange rates.
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