26 Aug '16, 7pm

Setting a Land Speed Record with a Sidecar Motorcycle

Kevin Clemens, an engineer studying for a Ph.D. at the University of Canterbury , in New Zealand, has a rather unusual doctoral project: He’s researching the aerodynamics of asymmetrical vehicles. The topic is an outgrowth of his interest in setting land speed records with electric motorcycles, something that’s been a passion for him for the past five years. His latest effort in that sphere is to establish a land speed record for a sidecar motorcycle, a three-wheeled vehicle that is rarely seen on roads these days but is still raced. But he’s not using just any sidecar motorcycle: He has converted a gasoline-powered one formerly used for racing into an all-electric streamliner, albeit one with a very asymmetric cross section. Clemens is at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats right now, where he will be racing his electric three-wheeler. You can learn about his preparations by vie...

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