Wednesday, December 31, 2008

CIV: The BMW-powered, Lotus-designed snow-scooter from hell...


The BMW 1150 boxer-twin-powered Concept Ice Vehicle

Pics: Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition

All right, so it certainly isn’t a motorcycle, but the Concept Ice Vehicle (CIV) is fitted with a BMW 1150 boxer-twin that’s been modified to run on E85 bio-ethanol, and will hit a top speed of 135km/h on snow/ice.

The CIV, which will be a part of the Moon-Regan Trans Antarctic Expedition (due to be flagged off in November 2009), is built to run on ice and snow and is fitted with ice penetrating radar, which allows it to detect hidden crevasses in ice. We hear Daniel Craig himself wants one for the next Bond movie… ;-)

Commissioned by the Trans Antarctic Expedition founders Andrew Moon and Andrew Regan, the CIV prototype was designed and engineered by Lotus Engineering, in England. In the even of an emergency, the lightweight CIV, which weighs 360 kilos, can be pushed along on frozen surfaces by one man.

With its 115bhp BMW engine, fully independent suspension and an onboard GPS-enhanced radar system, the single-seater CIV does look pretty radical. The coolest snow buster ever? You bet…! More details on the Trans Antarctic Expedition website here

Other mega-machines:
The 420bhp MTT Turbine Streetfighter...
Honda 2025 Racer Concept...
Nitrous-oxide-powered, 200bhp Suzuki B-King...!
2009 Ducati Streetfighter. Simply amazing...
Nicky Hayden describes the Ducati MotoGP bike...
Project Bloodhound: The quest for 1,600km/h!!
The maddest, wildest scooter in the world...?
The fastest Kawasaki in the world...
Master blaster: Kawasaki ZX-10 Turbo...
The mighty Munch Mammut TTS-E...

Elsewhere today:
Classics: Moto Guzzi, Moto Morini picture gallery...
Great Eight: The 8 moto-DVDs you must watch...!

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