The Oracle Red Bull Racing team has revealed their upcoming car, but it’s not a Formula 1 race car. It’s a new e-scooter.
Dubbed the RBS #01, the machine is the result of a two-year collaboration between F1 engineers from Red Bull Racing and the manufacturer of eBike. N Plus (opens in a new tab). Despite its connection to racing cars, it won’t be the world’s fastest e-scooter when it launches next summer. Instead, developers focus on develop a hearty travel device (opens in a new tab) with a focus on direction. Although RBS will probably be a rare sight on the street because of limited quantities and high prices.
Light and fast
Starting with its stats, the RBS has a top speed of 45 kilometers per hour (about 28 miles per hour) and a range of 60 kilometers (about 37 miles). Although it has above average speed and range, it is slower than similar ones Kugoo Kirin G3 (opens in a new tab)such as scooters. But the RRBS can accelerate faster due to the scooter’s 80 newton-meter torque. Driving the scooter forward is a 750W motor that is, in turn, powered by a 760 Wh battery. It will take five hours to fully charge.
The most interesting thing about RBS is its structure and possible processing capabilities. With the chassis made entirely of carbon fiber, it weighs 23 kg (a little more than 50 pounds) so it is a bit heavy for a scooter. The weight is probably due to the size of the different components. RBS comes with an “oversized deck and wheel pack”, although the site (opens in a new tab) It doesn’t say how wide the deck is.
According to Red Bull Racing, the sports scooter has “high performance tires” made from soft compound rubber that allows it to grip the road “like glue”, according to Red Bull Racing. They are a whopping 11 inches in diameter so you can roll over potholes with ease. Inside the wheel is a four-piston hydraulic brake system, so you can “stop like a race car”.
Looking down at the steering wheel, you’ll see a small LCD screen showing the speed, LED headlights up front and a small adjustment button on the right. No additional cables are available, so you won’t have to deal with clutter.
Difficult, but expensive
Browse the RBS . technical page (opens in a new tab), you will find that Red Bull Racing has taken great care to ensure the scooter can withstand the rigors of the road. According to Red Bull Racing, it can perform jumps, drops and smashes on the ground with seemingly little or no damage. Red Bull Racing even claims the RBS is “designed to handle 3G loads.” We’ve reached out to find out exactly what this means. “3G” most likely refers to the amount of g-force the RBS can take, making it a pretty sturdy scooter. This story will be updated if we respond.
All of this can be yours for a whopping $6,000. You can pre-order it now on Red Bull Racing’s website, where you’ll first have to pay a $600 deposit on the scooter. From there, you can pay off the rest of the $5,400 through an interest-free installment plan. As stated earlier, there will be a limited supply although it is not known how many units will be available.
It’s definitely an investment for a premium e-scooter like the RBS. If you want something that doesn’t break the bank and still works, be sure to check it out our list of the best electric cars for 2022.