We're used to seeing hybrid vehicles using a combination of electrical and gas power to run these days, usually with cars like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Spark. What's not so common though is seeing a motorcycle with a hybrid engine, but that's exactly what French startup Furion is trying to push with a new concept that they are looking to fund. If successful, the Furion M1 will be a one-of-a-kind design that may lead to some new things in the future.
Hybrid engines go well with the green revolution that is becoming increasingly important today as concerns over climate change and other environmental issues force us to take a look at how we do things every day. The problem with hybrid engines, however, is that they tend to take up space, and space is a precious commodity in motorcycle design.
Furion is looking to get around this problem by using a rotary engine, which is smaller and lighter than your usual power plant. Furion will be using a 654cc Rotary engine which pushes 125 horsepower and a torque of 105 Nm, and will pair this with an electric motor that uses lithium-sulfur battery and can push out 55 horsepower with 100 Nm torque. The resulting theoretical power will top off at 180 horsepower and 205 Nm, which is a ridiculous figure for a motorcycle, especially when you consider that Furion's design calls for a total dry weight of 190kg, with a total net weight of 209kg.
The M1's designers, Marc Evenisse and four-time Supermoto champion Adrien Chareyre, say that the M1 will be able to push 400km on a 16-liter single tank, which is pretty impressive. The unique engine design will also give the M1 an unusual sound, which he ascribes to the musical fruit of the two rotors of the engine.
At the moment, this design is still in the concept stage and needs funding to become a reality. Whether Furion will be able to bring the concept to life depends on how well they run their campaign, but it's hard not to get excited over an idea like this that pushes the technical envelope.
- Images from furion-motorcycles.com