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The Electric V8 on This $75,000 Bike Is One of the Coolest-Looking Motors
July 10, 2019  Andrew P. Collins

Image: Curtiss Motorcycles



Small-batch American motorcycle shop Curtiss is moving into the future with
high-end electric vehicles and it’s a good look. This Zeus motor design
co-developed with YASA puts eight cylindrical batteries in a “V” formation
to look kind of like a gas engine, but, not. It’s a retro-futuristic thing
of beauty.

The Zeus Radial V8 will be one of the most expensive motorcycles you can buy
with a $75,000 list price, and isn’t actually on the market yet–the
company’s press release promises production will begin in 2020.

Since most of us won’t be buying one anyway it’s certainly not too early to
appreciate the vehicle’s unique design, though.

Designer Jordan Cornille laid the Zeus’ batteries out in this pattern for
style, obviously, but also claimed the setup helped “achieve maximum battery
cooling efficiency” in the release. It might not be the most aerodynamically
optimal setup, but it does look like flowing air could get across all those
battery cells pretty easily.

YASA, an engineering outfit in England which makes all kinds of things for
electric powertrains, is credited as having “co-developed” the motor with
Curtiss’ people. The technology itself seems fairly standard modern-day EV
tech, but the batteries cool arrangement makes this powerplant quite

And I mean, of course it was made to look good. The design of the motor, and
the whole bike itself, is actually a bit of a callback to a machine ridden
by engineer Glenn Curtiss over a century ago–a V8 motorcycle that he was
able to hit 136 mph on in 1907.

[image]  The bike’s also named after Curtiss, as you probably guessed.

Curtiss was a pretty interesting guy, it turns out, and has a whole museum
dedicated to him in his hometown of Hammondsport, New York. He’s even called
“the father of naval aviation” and was building airplanes when, well, there
weren’t really any airplanes. But that might be a blog for another day.

Suffice it to say, flashforward to today and it seems fitting that his name
would be on a piece of new and interesting technology like this electric

As for specs, Curtiss has released a big batch of technical drawings you can
sink your teeth into but the basics are that this YASA P400 R Series
electric V8 claims a peak output of 217 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque;
the battery capacity is stated as 16.8 kWh at 399V.

For those who haven’t ridden, any motorcycle with more than 200 HP pretty
much falls into the category of “terrifast” so I’m guessing the Zeus here
will pretty much be able to scare the skin off anybody brave enough to twist
the throttle all the way open. Or, “on,” I should say.
[© jalopnik.com]

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