Aerovelo has set a whole new human-powered speed record making use of its purposely designed aero bicycle. Driving at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada, the egg-shaped Aerovelo Eta managed to strike 89.59 miles per hour (144.17 km/h).
As can often be the situation with record attempts, it did not go flawlessly. Weather conditions in Nevada were much cooler, and the winds higher, than projected, and there have been a lot of bugs around. A run on Thursday produced 87.6 miles per hour (140.98 km/h), before a pest spattered on the front part of the bullet-shaped cover destroyed the team’s Friday run.
Eventually, with temperatures increasing, an anti-bug covering used on the bike’s shell as well as some additional oil on the ball bearings, the crew hit a whole new, 89.59 miles per hour (144 .17 km/h) record, surpassing its 2015 record by 2.94 miles per hour (4.73 km/h) along the way.
The group at Aerovelo will continuously refine the Eta over the upcoming year, with the objective of crushing its own record the coming year.