Peugeot 515 från 1934 i modern tappning

I denna designstudie har Peugeot 515 från 1934 fått en modern tolkning av studenten inom industridesign, Simone Madella, skapat.

Så här kommenterar han utformningen:

“I focused on the Peugeot 515 (three world records) from 1934. At the time this bike broke three world records equipped with a single-cylinder, four-stroke 500cc engine capable of getting to 140 mph which for the time was very fast. Inspired by the Peugeot EX1 [electric concept car], I wanted to create an electric motorcycle that could beat any record - speed, endurance, trustworthiness, recharge time etc., while following the same racing spirit with which it was built.

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First I decided to put a big electric motor on the rear wheel and a battery pack in the middle (with a cover and ventilation outlets. The lowslung weight meant a lowered centre of gravity which is best for improved agility and stability. Under the battery pack is a fin with sensors which can analyse the road conditions - wet, damaged, dirty etc - and communicate them to the rider.

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Another unique thing is the carbonfibre chassis which works both as a structural component but also as a design element, as if it was carved out of a full piece. The seat recalls an old style when they tried to make things more comfortable by using a spring between the seat and the bike. The seat is divided into two parts, both of which have their own adjustable springs.

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The icing on the cake is the absence of a steering hub. What we actually have is a sphere contained in a shell that works on the same principle as when we hold a sphere between the fingers of a hand, applying opposing forces on the same axis, with compression on opposite sides. It can only be moved in a perpendicular direction from the forces. In the place of the fingers we have two upside-down cones and a kind of adjustable spring to apply force. Loosening the sphere, it’s possible to change axis. The bike doesn’t have conventional measurements either - it’s 1981 mm long and 900 mm tall.”

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