White Motorcycle Concepts WMC300FR: Prototype three-wheeled scooter brings radical aero to the real world

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This summer Northants-based White Motorcycle Concepts revealed their astounding WMC250EV electric land-speed record challenger – an ultra-aerodynamic creation with a vast hole running right through its centre to slash its frontal area and reduce drag.

Now the firm has taken the wraps off a second prototype that couldn’t take a more different approach to demonstrating the idea.

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Where the land-speed record bike is a money-no-object, blue-sky project intended to show that the ideas of White Motorcycle Concepts’ founder Rob White work at the very highest speeds, the WMC300FR intends to prove the same thinking can also help at much a much more mundane pace and a far lower cost.

Developed in conjunction with Northamptonshire Police and with help from Chief Constable Nick Adderley, the force’s Motorcycle Lead, the WMC300FR intends to offer a 50% reduction in carbon emissions compared to conventional designs with similar performance.

White Motorcycle Concepts WMC300FR police bike right side

Based on a Yamaha Tricity 300, it carries over that bike’s three-wheeled design, its 292cc single-cylinder engine, and much of the bodywork but adds White’s patented Venturi Duct, channelling air from between the front wheels, through the centre of the bike and out through the tail.

That means the fuel tank has been moved up above the duct, where it’s joined by a pair of 56V, 12Ah batteries that power a 5kW (6.7hp) electric motor that works alongside the Tricity’s 28hp single to turn the bike into a hybrid.

The electric motor boosts acceleration and reduces fuel consumption at low speed, while the Venturi Duct’s aerodynamic improvements maximise fuel savings as speeds rise. What’s more, like the Tricity 300 it’s based on, the WMC300FR can be ridden by anyone with a car licence; potentially a boon for police forces wanting the benefits of motorcycles but lacking enough trained riders.

White Motorcycle Concepts WMC300FR police bike front and rear

Rob White intends the WMC300FR (for ‘First Responder’) to be the company’s first production vehicle, targeting sales to police and other emergency services. He said: "We were encouraged by the great reception the launch of our WMC250EV high-speed demonstrator and the high level of interest that the project has subsequently gained.

"Whilst our concept in its most extreme form will help us go faster, its real-world application is all about improving range and reducing down time – major considerations in the electric vehicle industry at present."

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Ben Purvis

By Ben Purvis