Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Diesel-powered Track T800 CDI gets 2WD, CVT


Two colour schemes, two-wheel-drive and the capability to run on multiple fuels, including biodiesel and PPO. Yes, the Track T800 CDI is rather cool...

We first wrote about the Track T800 back in December 2006 and in the two years that have passed since then, its manufacturers – the Netherlands-based EVA – seem to have improved it quite a bit.

Powered by an 800cc, three-cylinder common-rail turbodiesel that makes 50 horsepower and 130Nm of torque, the Track T800 CDI was quite remarkable to begin with. And now, EVA have added continuously variable transmission (CVT), which not only makes it supremely easy to ride, but also always keeps the T800’s engine in the rev range where it works best, making it very fuel efficient.

The other significant bit that the Track T800 now packs is (optional) two-wheel-drive. We don’t have full details on this yet, but apparently this adjustable hydraulic system not only transfers power to the front wheel, but can also automatically adjust power delivery between the front and the rear wheels for obtaining optimum traction.

With its low-maintenance shaft-drive, 2WD, the capability to run on multiple fuels (diesel, biodiesel and/or various kinds of vegetable oil…!) and rugged build quality, the Track T800 CDI looks like it can be a prime challenger in the BMW R1200GS segment. At around US$24,500 it certainly isn’t cheap, but it’s reasonably fast (top speed is about 175km/h), fuel efficient (about 23-25km/l), can carry loads of luggage and if you’re willing, it’ll be happy to romp across Continents.

The Track T800 CDI is in limited production right now. For more information, visit the EVA website here. You can also download these two videos of the bike in action, here and here

Also see:
The Neander 1400 Turbodiesel...
Kawasaki KLR-based diesel motorcycle for the US Army...
Diesel power: Clatter and roll...!
A hydrogen fuel cell-powered moped...
A Triumph that runs on apple juice, does 254km/h...!
A biofuel-powered GSX-R...
TTX01: The 86bhp, 200km/h electric bike...
Eva HÃ¥kansson’s ElectroCat. Because petrol is ‘so last century…’

Elsewhere today:
Icon A5: After the MV Agusta F4 CC, the next coolest way to travel...

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