What happens when we combine a motor boat with an aquatic motorcycle? The result is an electric pedal bike called Manta5, which is about to hit the market. The idea is by Guy Howards-Willis, an entrepreneur from New Zealand, who came up with this amazing idea in 2010.
For more than a decade and a half he has dedicated himself to making this invention a reality and perfecting every detail with the help of bicycle designer Roland Alonzo. Thus they have managed to give life to this concept that soon we will be able to acquire.
The Manta5 electric pedal bicycle has a peculiar design: it is made of aluminum, has two carbon hydrofoils that provide lift and a motor of 400 watts, able to increase the pedaling power of the pilot to turn the propeller. Also note that although it does not have a real case, it does include buoyancy modules that keep it afloat when it stops.
Another peculiar feature of the Manta5 electric pedal bicycle is its weight, around 20 kg, which makes it easier to dismantle in and out of the water as well as transport (it can be located in the back of a car).
The Manta5 is designed to be used by cyclists weighing between 70 and 100 kg, and can be used in both freshwater and salt water. It has a self-adjusting load system, adjustable by the user.
As for the autonomy, the battery of the Manta5 allows up to one hour of operation, and reaches a maximum speed of 15 to 20 km / h (from 9 to 12 mph). From the company’s website, the Hydrofoiler XE-1 is the fastest.
In terms of availability, the XE-1 will hit the market in mid-November and is ready to be purchased in New Zealand by the end of this year or early next in the pre-sale, but until the end of 2018 cannot be used.
The price of the electric pedal bicycle Manta5 will be “similar to other quality water sports products”, although the exact amount has not been defined.
“I want these bikes to go beyond being a product of leisure: I want it to be a sports product to make it more competitive,” said Howard-Willis, who dreams of getting this ambitious product to the Olympics.