NAWA Racer e-motorbike makes UK public debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed Future Lab

12 July 2021

NAWA racer 2021_Goodwood Festival of Speed Future Labs
NAWA racer 2021_Goodwood Festival of Speed Future Labs

Powered by a world-first ‘hybrid’ battery system, the NAWA Racer e-motorbike concept combines NAWA Technologies’ next-gen ultracapacitors with lithium-ion to enable a step-change in performance & efficiency.

Offering 5x more power and 5x more energy than existing ultracapacitors, NAWACap ultracapacitors unleash the potential of hybrid batteries, to deliver huge efficiency improvements. The modular and scaleable hybrid system can be applied to any electric vehicle (EV), including cars. NAWA is an expert in advanced energy storage and composites, its innovations are based on Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube (VACNT) material. Visitors to NAWA’s stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Future Lab from 8-11 July were able to view the NAWA Racer.  

NAWA Technologies (NAWA), pioneers of advanced nano-materials for energy storage and composite applications, gave its NAWA Racer electric motorbike its UK public debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed Future Lab, from 8-11 July.

First revealed at CES 2020, the NAWA Racer is a zero-emission electric motorbike concept that illustrates how NAWA’s next-gen nano-based ultracapacitors, called NAWACap, can be applied to a real-world electric vehicle (EV) powertrain, by combining them with conventional lithium-ion cells to create a ‘hybrid’ battery system.

Optimising both energy sources, the innovation opens up new possibilities for all e-powertrains, greatly improving efficiency, reducing charging times and extending entire system life. Entirely modular and scaleable, the system is applicable to any electric vehicle and can reduce the size of the lithium-ion battery by up to half, or extend the range by up to double – or some combination in between.

For the initial design of the NAWA Racer concept, NAWA Technologies was supported by expert design and engineering services provider, Envisage Group – based in Coventry, UK. Envisage Group superbly translated designs and drawings made by Pascal Boulanger, NAWA’s founder & CTO, into beautiful and simple renderings and created a physical demonstrator for the CES show stand. An evolution of this initial concept will be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Pascal Boulanger, founder of NAWA Technologies & CTO said: “NAWA Racer is our vision for the electric motorbike of tomorrow – a retro-inspired machine, but one that is thoroughly modern. It is lightweight, fast and fun, perfect for an emission-free city commute that will put a smile on your face. But it also lays down a blueprint for the future.

NAWA’s next-gen ultracapacitors unleash the potential of the hybrid battery system thanks to having five times more power and five times more energy than existing ultracapacitors can. What is more, this design of powertrain is fully scaleable: there is no reason why this cannot be applied to a larger motorbike, or car or other electric vehicle. We are delighted to bring NAWA Racer to the Goodwood Festival of Speed – and to Future Lab, an exhibition which plays host to innovative visions of future technology, one that has built a reputation as a launchpad for international firsts.


Ultra-efficient e-powertrain

Located in NAWA Racer’s top tank area is an arrangement of NAWACap ultracapacitors, which offer 0.1 kWh and boost a lithium-ion battery mounted low in the chassis, where the internal combustion engine would otherwise be. Re-using more than 80% of the energy captured from regenerative braking, NAWA Racer uses a much smaller lithium-ion battery than would otherwise be possible: just 9 kWh, around half the size of a conventional electric sports bike’s battery.

The NAWACap pack itself is lightweight too and combined with the bike’s carbon fibre frame and composite body panels, NAWA Racer tips the scales at just 150kg, a weight saving of 25% over conventional electric sports bikes.


Exceptional range & acceleration

NAWA racer 2021_Goodwood Festival of Speed Future Labs_profile view
NAWA racer 2021_Goodwood Festival of Speed Future Labs_profile view

Thanks to its lithium-ion battery, NAWA Racer can cover 150km on a mixed cycle. But by capturing so much energy from stop-start riding, releasing it again as acceleration, NAWA Racer can double its urban range to 300km. The NAWACap pack recharges in just two minutes and the entire battery can be charged to 80% in one hour from a home supply.

As standard, the hub-less rim motor produces 100PS, rocketing NAWA Racer from rest to 100km/h in under three seconds, onto a top speed in excess of 160km/h. And no matter the charge level of the lithium-ion battery, this acceleration will always be available because of the ultracapacitor’s high power characteristics, which continually maintain response and performance.


Future café racer style

Intended to turn heads as well as offer a ground-breaking electric powertrain, NAWA Racer brings a modern twist to its retro looks with simple, smooth lightweight composite panels, painted aluminium and copper, based on a strong, stiff but light carbon fibre frame.

Details such as LED lighting for the headlight and taillight, anodised matte black suspension forks, nubuck leather saddle in vintage camel and a hub-less rim motor complete the striking look.


Dynamic prototype on track to debut in Q3

NAWA racer 2021_Goodwood Festival of Speed Future Labs_close up
NAWA racer 2021_Goodwood Festival of Speed Future Labs_close up

Following a hugely successful global reception at CES 2020, NAWA took the decision earlier this year to develop a fully functioning prototype of NAWA Racer – and a highly experienced consortium assembled to bring it to life. The first fully ridable e-motorbike will be ready this summer, thanks to an expert group of partners comprised of NAWA itself, AKKA Technologies, Pronergy, FAAR, YSY Group and Lazareth.

While NAWA has no plans to make or sell a production version of the NAWARacer, it is open to approaches from appropriate partners interested in taking this revolutionary e-motorbike to the streets.

About NAWA Technologies

Headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France with a second location in Dayton, Ohio in the US, NAWA Technologies is a world-leader in innovative energy storage and composites. Its range of game-changing products are all based on one patented technology: vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNT).

NAWA has applied the unique properties of VACNT to create high power and high energy ultracapacitors, one of the fastest electrodes for lithium batteries – and also reinforced carbon fibre composites.

NAWA Technologies now enters its next exciting phase – mass manufacturing on both sides of the Atlantic – but with environmental benefits always at its core. NAWA’s goal is to be a carbon neutral company. Already, its NAWACap batteries have been awarded 1000 efficient solution for the planet by Solar Impulse foundation.

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