1. Students from Liverpool University are hoping to smash the pedal-powered speed record with this extraordinary-looking “bicycle”.
2. As the machine is encased in an aerodynamic outer shell, the rider of the ARION1 will have to use a camera and computer to navigate.
3. Commenting on the project, team leader Ben Hogan, 22, said:
The project is no simple undertaking but, at this stage, just six months in, we are in a great position.
We understand what we have to do in order to reach our goal, and we are ready for the trials which lie ahead.
4. The Liverpool Uni students claim the bike is 40 times more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Veyron supercar and apparently has the potential to reach speeds of 90mph.
5. The current pedal-powered speed record stands at 83.1mph, set by a Dutch team in 2012.
6. The University of Liverpool Velocipede Team (ULVT) are hoping to have the ARION1 ready to race by May 2015.
The team will attempt to break the world record at the World Human Power Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada, in September of next year.