When travelling along busy roads, cyclists usually don't need to worry about being caught out by a speed camera. But, thanks to this incredible new bike, that could be about to change. Car manufacturer Audi used motor racing design principles to build the Audi e-bike Wörthersee.
The cyclist can choose between a total of five cycling modes including pure muscle power, the electric motor alone, or pedaling supported by the electric motor.
In the 'Pure' mode, the drive power is purely the product of the cyclist’s legs, while in 'Pedelec' mode you are supported by the electric motor that then makes speeds of up to 50 mph possible and gives you a range of 31-44 miles. If you select 'eGrip', the Audi e-bike Wörthersee runs solely on the electric motor and can reach a top speed of 31 mph.
The cyclist then controls forward momentum using a gripshift and can configure the power as desired using the touchscreen on-bike computer.
The cyclist can also hook up to the computer using a smartphone. One handy function of this means that when you start cycling, the immobilizer is deactivated.
For those looking to record tricks, video images recorded via the in-helmet camera can be uploaded to the Internet in real time via your smartphone.
A rankings table on the Internet means you can measure yourself against other bikers and your friends.
Each trick performed successfully is awarded points, and as the number of points awarded grows, the cyclist receives awards and the challenge level rises too.
An electronic control system supports the rider when performing tricks and back-wheel biking.
Different modes can be set using a smartphone or directly on the e-bike – either 'Power Wheelie' mode, with adjustable wheelie angle for less skilled bikers or 'Balanced Wheelie' mode for sporting challenges.
In 'Balanced Wheelie' mode, the electronic control system maintains the rider’s balance, by compensating the biker’s movements forwards or backwards via the electric motor.
This means the rider can influence the bike’s speed by shifting weight: if you lean forwards the bike picks up speed, and if you lean back it slows. You select 'Training' mode if you want to keep your performance constant for training purposes.
Homogeneous LED light strips round out the frame and create the immediately recognizable Audi light signature. For extreme tricks and stunts the seat can be lowered to run flush with the frame itself.
At the press of a button, the seat then rises up and the biker can adopt a comfortable position.
Cycling modes and countless other functions can be set using the touchscreen on-bike computer.