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Sei'taer
06-14-2010, 05:11 PM
This motorcycle lapped the Isle of Man this year at just under 100 mph. (http://news.discovery.com/tech/worlds-most-advanced-electric-bike-wins.html)

Looks pretty cool, but notice the tag line under the last picture about the engine:

Wired reported that the custom-built, oil-cooled motor (shown above) generates 100 horsepower (continuous) and 250 pound-feet of torque. That's faster than some small gas-powered cars. Talk about head spinning.

Anyway, I wonder what it feels like to do a lap on The Isle with pretty much total silence from your vehicle?

JSUCamel
06-14-2010, 05:50 PM
Looks pretty cool, but notice the tag line under the last picture about the engine:

Well, it says oil cooled, but it doesn't say what kind of oil. There are all kinds of oil that don't come from petroleum, like castor oil (from the castor bean (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_oil)). I'm all for renewable resources being used as oil. A gallon of oil as coolant should last much, much, much longer than a gallon of gasoline as fuel, which I have absolutely no problem with.

Sei'taer
06-14-2010, 06:16 PM
Well, it says oil cooled, but it doesn't say what kind of oil. There are all kinds of oil that don't come from petroleum, like castor oil (from the castor bean (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_oil)). I'm all for renewable resources being used as oil. A gallon of oil as coolant should last much, much, much longer than a gallon of gasoline as fuel, which I have absolutely no problem with.

We're talking about a mag that is big into the promotion of green tech and you don't think they would have said "castor oil" if it was something besides plain old oil? I kinda have a feeling they would.

Weird Harold
06-14-2010, 10:12 PM
We're talking about a mag that is big into the promotion of green tech and you don't think they would have said "castor oil" if it was something besides plain old oil? I kinda have a feeling they would.
It's probably a silicon-based, non-flammable, non-conductive oil similar to brake fluid. Regular motor oil is conductive, so it's not a good choice for cooling high-voltage electrical components evenif flamability wasn't a concern.

Frenzy
06-15-2010, 02:46 AM
You get Ricin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricin)from castor beans.