Aprilia's 450cc V-twin spins to 14,000rpm and produces 70+ horsepower. A 20% capacity increase to 550cc should take power to around the 85 horsepower mark.
The frontal area of the Magnet is very low compared to a motorcycle or car, and weight should be similar to that of a motorcycle.
With all that rubber on the road, the Magnet can be expected to corner faster than a motorcycle too.
January 22, 2005 Take a Formula One driving position, three wheels, a high-power 550cc v-twin engine designed for motocross, put an additional electric motor into each wheel, and an ingenious tilt system. Finnish student Heikki Naulapaa designed this vehicle as the main project in his design degree at the Royal College of the Arts in London. It landed him a dream job in the design department at Aprilia and maybe, just maybe, the adventurous company might build this excitement machine. With specs like that and a low aerodynamic profile, the hybrid would match any 1000cc superbike in performance and blow a Ferrari into the weeds.
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