Making 201bhp, 810lb/ft of torque (after the gearing is factored) and capable of reaching a limited top speed of 150mph, the Peraves e-Tracer is one of the fastest vehicles and the only two-wheeler entering the Automotive X-Prize. It’s also one of the hardest to operate, combining the enclosed cabin of a car with the two-wheeled platform of a motorcycle. Setting out for exclusive first ride, The LA Times’ Susan Carpenter had a little whoopsie.
As the de rigeur little ‘e’ suggests, the e-Tracer is the electric version of the Peraves MonoTracer enclosed cabin motorcycle. That vehicle is already exceptionally aerodynamic and exceptionally frugal as a result — 57mpg and a 155mph top speed — but the e-tracer claims an equivalent fuel economy figure of 200mpg and can travel up to 150 miles at 75mph. Presumably shortening that range, it's also capable of accelerating to 62mph in less than 4 seconds and between 50 and 75mph in less than 3 seconds.
Susan’s isn’t the first Peraves crash that’s been caught on camera. This video was shot at an English track day, with the machine’s owner driving.