Human-Powered Bike Can Reach Speeds Over 85 MPH
Aerovelo's Eta bike is more efficient than most electric vehicles
In September 2016, the aerospace design company Aerovelo succeeded in setting a new record for the fastest human-powered vehicle, beating the record it made the previous year by two additional miles per hour. At the World Human Powered Speed Challenge, driver and Co-Founder of Aerovelo, Todd Reichert, was able to reach a speed of 89.59 mph (144.17 km/h).
Aerovelo’s bullet-shaped bike, called Eta, is built with a low-center of gravity, ultra-thin tires and a lightweight carbon fibre frame. According to Aerovelo, “Eta boasts an equivalent highway fuel efficiency of 9544 MPGe, on the order 100x better than the most efficient electric cars.”