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The X-Tracer is a high-performance pure battery-electrically driven low drag vehicle for the comfortable transportation of up to two persons with weekend baggage in a fully enclosed cabin. To keep aerodynamic drag at a minimum the passenger is positioned in the slipstream of the driver, resulting in a drag reduction of 50% against side-by-side seating. In order to further lower drag the vehicle runs at highway speeds on a single track similar to a motorcycle. To stabilize the vehicle at low speed and to keep it safe and stable on a slippery surface two springed and damped lateral stabilizer wheels automatically lower to the ground in less than 0,5 seconds. these are retracted at higher speeds and if road surface conditions do allow. Even in the retracted mode the stabilizer wheels protrude the main body, so the vehicle in all its normal and non-normal operation modes has two, three or four wheels on the ground. It remains controllable at all times as long as there is enough traction between tire and road surface.
The resulting low energy consumption of this vehicle concept allows it to be driven purely on batteries even on highway speed journeys over 150 miles. it has been demonstrated that to cruise at highway speed, less than 10 kW are required. For a range in excess of 150 miles no more than 200 lbs of batteries are required. Top speed is well above 120 mph, acceleration from 0-100mph is below 20 seconds.
Goetz Spiegel did a great job breaking the 10 min mark on the famous Nuerburgring Nordschleife with the ACP powered X-Tracer No. 79, exactly the same vehicle that won the tandem class at the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE in the USA in 2010.
At the end of August 2012 I spent a Saturday with a film crew from the Brazilian AutoEsporte TV show piloting and shooting the MonoTracer MTI-1200 all around Southern California. I met up with the producer Tiago, host Diego, and … Continue reading →... more »
Last week Peraves held the third MonoTracer training of 2012 again in Tuggen, Switzerland. 10 newbies attended along with Ruedi Steck and Michael Kutschke. Ruedi Steck of Swiss Performance is a Bonneville world speed record holder and will be piloting … Continue reading →... more »
Motorrad journalist Stefan Kaschel reviews the experience of piloting and living with a MonoTracer MTI-1200 in the 2012-18th issue of Motorrad magazine in this article entitled “Space Oddity”. It’s all about David Bowie‘s song…did he know of the MonoTracer or … Continue reading →... more »
The always futuristic MonoTracer enjoys its first big screen debut in Len Wiseman‘s new action packed Total Recall 2012 starring Colin Farell and the talented & gorgeous superstar actresses Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel. This film is a remake of Paul … Continue reading →... more »
Last month on Friday, April 27th MonoTracer of Switzerland held the first of four scheduled training days for the 2012 year. The training was held at a dedicated motor vehicle training facility in Tuggen, Switzerland about 30 miles south of … Continue reading →... more »
Peraves CEO Roger Riedener has assembled yet another gorgeous MonoTracer calendar for the 2012 model year with some of the best photos from last year’s MonoTracering adventures. Many of the excellent photos were taken by expert photojournalist Markus Jahn. A … Continue reading →... more »