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O2 Pursuit – the bike that runs on air

Do you remember the O2 Pursuit concept, made by an industrial design student Dean Benstead? This concept motorcycle is powered by compressed air and now has is a fully functional prototype. The O2 Pursuit is based on a Yamaha WR250R with a cylinder of compressed air replacing the fuel tank.

The compressed air powers a DiPietrov air motor which in theory can provide enough juice for a top speed of 140 km / h. As much attractive as the maximum speed is, there are still limitations that cannot be avoided. One of them is the space required to store enough compressed air to ensure a “normal” range. In order to have a decent range the currently used diving cylinders need to be filled with higher pressures that it cannot cope. This requires a custom built cylinder that can withstand the high pressure demand. The idea is definitely one that can become very successful but practically its still a long way from being a direct plug in replacement to our more conventional modes of transport.