The XTurismo Hoverbike Could Make Your ‘Star Wars’ Dreams a Reality
Limited to 200 units, the XTurismo is constructed from carbon fibre and priced at US$777,000.
Ever since sci-fi fans saw Luke Skywalker riding a hoverbike in a forest while being chased by stormtroopers, they have desired that mode of travel. It seems the new XTurismo Limited Edition is there to make their dreams come true. The hoverbike was launched by A.L.I Technologies, a Japan-based company that has been working on it since 2017. Here’s what we know about the cool futuristic vehicle.
The XTurismo Limited Edition has two large rotors that are located in the centre of the frame. The hoverbike also has four small fans located on the outer edges. The main power of XTurismo Limited Edition comes from a 228 hp gas-powered Kawasaki motor, which is a compact performance engine designed usually for motorcycle competition. It is a part of a drive system that was co-developed with the assistance of Toda Racing, a company that has won multiple race series thanks to its modified engines. The support rotors are driven with the help of electric motors.
The XTurismo Limited Edition also has a stunning body that was constructed by using lightweight carbon fibre. It also resembles a cross between a Jet Ski and a sport bike. The hoverbike weighs 660 lbs., measures approximately 12 feet long and 8 feet wide, and has a height of around 5.5 feet.
One of the crucial aspects of the XTurismo Limited Edition is that it will not be the right choice for hovering above the rush-hour traffic. Instead, it will be flying around racetracks. The company has added an automatic control unit with Renesas RH-850 microcontrollers to the hoverbike to make flying safer. A cloud-connected edge computing unit will manage the system control and software updates.
XTurismo Limited Edition hoverbike
According to the XTurismo Limited Edition spec sheet, the hoverbike can manage a top speed of 50 mph, a 40minute range, and a hover of up to 8 feet when it is fully charged. It will have only 200 units, and each will cost $777,000 (AU$1,085,000). A street-legal version that will be more affordable is expected in the next few years. Star Wars fans definitely think that the Force is strong while riding this one!
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