Is This Rotary Engine Hybrid Motorcycle the Future?
I love rotaries, but rotary engines have a lot of problems in cars. Despite their tremendous power-to-weight advantages over traditional piston engines, rotary engines lack the kind of torque and flexibility you’d get from, say, a turbocharged V6. What rotaries like is revs- and lots of ’em. That’s what makes them halfway decent racing engines. If only there was a way to build a high-rpm Wankel-engined screamer that also had some
balls low-end torque!
2017 Furion M1 Hybrid Motorcycle | This Is It
The Furion’s 654 cc dual-rotor Wankel produces 125 HP at around 9000 rpm. That gets mated to an electric motor that’s fed by lithium-sulphur batteries and rated at an equivalent 55 HP. That’s 180 combined HP from a bike that weighs just 460 lbs. It’s no featherweight- but it’s no road sofa at that weight, either!
Mazda had the same idea back in 2012, but designer Marc Evenisse and four-time Supermoto champion Adrien Chareyre seem to have come up with the idea independently. As impressive as the concept and the bike’s parentage is, though, it’s important the M1 is just a concept. As of today, it exists solely as pixels on a computer screen.
They sure are some slick-looking pixels, though, aren’t they? Take some time to check out the renderings, below, and marvel at the sporty proportions granted to this hybrid motorcycle design by the tubular trellis-style frame, 43 mm diameter upside-down adjustable forks, and horizontally-mounted mono-shock rear suspension. If you think the Furion M1 looks the part (I think so!), let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.