by Marcus Leach
As you will know by now the Essential Cyclist is not one for just sticking to conventional cycling matters, least of all when it comes to our product reviews, and this week is no different. So, without further ado, let us introduce you to the Verrado Electric Drift Trike.
The Project: Verrado Electric Drift Trike
What Is It: It is exactly what it says it is, an electric-powered drifting tricycle for adults.
The Brains: This bad boy is the work of Local Motors. They lead next-generation crowd-powered automotive design, manufacturing and technology, to enable the creation of game-changing vehicles. Through open-source principles, Local Motors helps solve local problems, locally; makes transportation more sustainable, globally; and delivers, through distributed manufacturing, innovative co-created vehicles and components with designers, fabricators, engineers and enthusiasts from around the world.
In-Depth: Drift triking is one of the most rapidly growing sports around the world, or at least that's what we have been told. Looking to make trike drifting possible on flat ground, Local Motors’ engineers experimented with a hub motor and battery pack from one of Local Motors’ electric bicycle prototypes and produced the first iteration of an electric-powered drift trike.
After multiple iterations that tested different hub motors and battery chemistries, the Electric Verrado was finalised. It combines a BMX fork with a 20” heavy duty front wheel featuring an aluminium casting around the brushless hub motors, two rear karting wheels lined with PVC pipe, a strong disc brake and a powerful programmable electric motor.
The Verrado’s electric motor lets you to drift on flat surfaces like asphalt, allowing you to ride almost anywhere with complete control (with practice, of course). The Electric Verrado uses a Lithium Cobalt Manganese battery that’s easy to charge in about 3 hours. With a full charge, it will run for 45 minutes, or around 12 miles. Mileage and duration vary based on the amount of drifting you do.
Target: If you doubted the popularity of drift triking then shame on you, because 97 backers have smashed the $20,000 goal and pledged $47,030 between them. Want your own big boy's toy? Click here and get the plastic ready.
Images courtesy of LocalMotors.com