The Manx 7 is an electric superbike manufactured by a Belgian firm called Sarolea. This latest electric two-wheeler has been termed as a superbike because it is capable of achieving an impressive top speed of 240 km/h.
Sarolea had one thing pretty clear in its mind while working on the Manx 7 – it has to be fast. To achieve its goal, Sarolea used an air-cooled brushless DC 3-phase electric motor that has been nurtured to produce an unbelievable 204 bhp of max power and 450 Nm of peak torque. As you must be knowing that torque in electric vehicles is delivered as soon as you open up the throttle. This is one of the major advantages of an electric motor over conventional internal combustion engines.
On the other hand, the weight of the batteries of electric vehicles makes them pretty heavy, and this acts as a big disadvantage. The battery-tech is finding ways to reduce the weight without compromising on the performance. Sarolea knew that in order to make the Manx 7 a superbike, only a huge amount of horsepower wouldn’t be enough. The entire machine has to be lightweight.
And for this Sarolea used a lot of carbon fiber. The Manx 7 has got a carbon fiber monocoque frame and a carbon fiber swingarm. The forged wheels from Oz also help to keep the weight in check. The entire weight of the motorcycle has been equally distributed between the front and rear (50:50). With all this brainstorming, the Manx 7 weighs a good 217 kg.
Sarolea is planning to make 80 units of Manx 4 to sell in 2018. It will be available in different variants. There’s going to be one with 14 kWh battery which will be the base model and would offer a range of 230 km. Then the mid variant will have 18 kWh battery pack and would be able to cover a distance of 280 km on a single charge. The top-end variant would have a 22 kWh battery that would offer 330 km of range.