Dear friends, the vehicle you see here today is a conceptual rendering recently taken out of the mind of Prathmesh Banubakde, industrial design student and CGI manipulator in India. Although his Behance page shows very little about his background, by looking at the design in front of us today, The Wind Turbine, you can determine the level of knowledge this gentleman has under his belt.
To make things as clear and simple as possible, know that the Aeolian is designed as an electric hyperbike, which also hides a few crucial design elements that affect the overall functionality and shape of the machine.
Taking its name from the Greek god of the wind, Aeolus, the Aeolian is said to offer a “clever balance of crisp, steep and smooth, smooth profiles” while presenting a race-worthy vehicle, according to the designer at least.
One notable feature of this electric motorcycle is that the designer seems to have tried very hard to deliver classic racing body style. In doing so, the Wind Turbine should appeal to motorcycle and GP racers. This classic style is achieved through the construction of the frame, and a render shows the exact configuration on which Banubakde places all electrical and non-electrical components.
A main beam and inverted fork configuration is used as the base frame, while at the rear of the bike a subframe shapes the eventual saddle, and below a link suspension gives a swingarm where the transmission eventual will be accommodated.
From there, the designer presents the remaining components that make this electric wonder what it is. One of the most important features needed for power supply is a battery. Since this component is often the heaviest in an electric drive system, the mounting position is of the utmost importance for safe and functional driving.
For the Aeolian, Banubakde mounted the battery in the front of the frame and as low as possible to the ground. This not only achieves a large center of gravity but also determines the shape of the bike and how air circulates around the bike. VE. Just above the battery is a radiator neatly hidden behind the fork, and at the top, positioned where a gas tank would be, a central unit controls all energy flow and the security system. .
These systems all aim for one thing and one thing, speed. To achieve GP-level speeds and feel, the Aeolian is driven by a mid-chain motor, just like any serious electric motor should be.
It all looks beautiful and wonderful until you realize that the designer has also included an alternator on board the electric vehicle. Why? I am not so sure. Maybe some kind of regenerative properties? In total, the Aeolian is equipped with 75 kW energy, but how long it will last is not specified.
The rest of the concept is mainly made up of panels. Again, with the idea of creating a vehicle designed to resemble the proven design of racing motorcycles, the shape and lines of the bike are all designed to be as aerodynamic as possible. Even the pilot’s position is one that puts him above the potential gas tank and in a primed and aerodynamic position.
Finally, Banubakde mentions that only “top quality materials” will be used in the construction of the wind turbine and those that express “performance and luxury”. The type of materials they can be is not specified, but we can see carbon fiber and what could be synthetic or leather seat covers. LED lighting complements the rest of the bike.
As an application of a design student’s knowledge of aerodynamics and electrical systems and the proper placement of such systems in an electric motorcycle, the Aeolian seems to offer a promising layout, but I still can’t figure this out. what does this alternator do in all of this. So what do you think of this new design?