About this project
Drift Triking is one of the most rapidly growing sports around the world. As vehicle innovators on the cutting edge of design, we’re excited to build the Verrado Electric Drift Trike.
MORE POWER = BIGGER DRIFT
Looking to make trike drifting possible on flat ground, Local Motors’ engineers experimented with a hub motor and battery pack from one of Local Motors’ electric bicycle prototypes and produced the first iteration of an electric-powered drift trike. After multiple iterations that tested different hub motors and battery chemistries, the Electric Verrado was finalized. It combines a BMX fork with a 20” heavy duty front wheel featuring an aluminum casting around the brushless hub motors, two rear karting wheels lined with PVC pipe, a strong disc brake and a powerful programmable electric motor.
The Verrado’s electric motor lets you to drift on flat surfaces like asphalt, allowing you to ride almost anywhere with complete control (with practice, of course!).
The Electric Verrado uses a Lithium Cobalt Manganese battery that’s easy to charge in about 3 hours. With a full charge, it will run for 45 minutes, or around 12 miles. Mileage and duration vary based on the amount of drifting you do.
The 5” steel rear wheels with 10” karting tires feature sturdy ⅞” thick PVC wheel sleeves making it easier than ever to drift, whether you’re on a flat surface or a hillside.
The high-quality disc brakes, combined with a motor that employs regenerative braking, give you the ability to stop you when you really need to. The brakes are durable, long-lasting, and make the Verrado one of the safest production drift trikes you can find. The front wheel features textured custom pegs for extra traction and stability.
A cushioned seat will make sure you stay comfortable, even when you ride your Verrado for an extended period of time. The steel chassis is made in the Local Motors Phoenix Microfactory and is powder coated in four different colors giving the Electric Verrado a professional finish.
PICK YOUR COLOR!
Both the unpowered Verrado and the Electric Verrado are available for pre-order in four different colors: black, white, red and silver. As a Kickstarter exclusive, you will also have the option of having your unpowered Verrado or Electric Verrado powder coated in Kickstarter Green; this option is available exclusively to the kickstarter community. The frame features the unique Verrado and Local Motors logos.
THE VERRADO STORY
On July 30, 2013, Local Motors Mechanical Engineer Matt Jackson posted a new project on the Local Motors website called “LM Drift Trike!” (https://localmotors.com/projects/lm-drift-trike/3/ideas/list/3/). Since then, the project has grown as our online community of designers and engineers weighed in.
The initial gravity trike was the first, followed by a 500W golden motor kit using two 5-cell lithium polymer batteries in series to prove the powered concept. Several test mules were built to determine the best wheelbase length and head angle, and to develop the removable axle solution.
The original, non-powered drift trike was given its first serious test on a hill located in the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. The production downhill trike was then produced off the experimentally derived geometry, and put to market on December 20, 2013.
Because the Arizona desert doesn’t provide the hilly, side-winding roads like those of New Zealand where trike drifting began, we felt obligated to create a motorized version of the Verrado. A magic pie 3 hub motor was added to a production downhill trike along with a disc brake to provide the right amount of acceleration and braking for drifting on a flat paved surface.
Matt Jackson - Mechanical Engineer
Ben Smith - LM Labs Electric Vehicle Enthusiast
Galen Wilson - Fabricator
Carson Braun - Fabricator
Mike Reiter - Fabricator
Ken Bergsdedt - Contributing LM Labs member
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
There are a number of ‘final’ steps required to bring the Verrado Electric Drift Trike to market including finalizing the brake caliper mounting system, finalizing the rear axle and battery mounting method, and firming up our relationships with motor and battery vendors. Lastly, we will work to complete the wire routing for the Verrado.
When we reach our Kickstarter Campaign goal we will use the funds to procure 4 batteries and magic pie hub motors by late April. We will then conduct thorough performance and longevity testing on the motors and batteries. Concurrently, procurement and testing of the brake will be moving forward. We will also be designing a caliper mount that will be bolted to the fork and will continue developing the disc brake system. Testing for all components is expected to be complete in the second week of May. At that time, the materials to fill the Kickstarter orders will be purchased, with deliveries beginning on 6/1/2014.
A successful Kickstarter campaign will help us to bring the Verrado to market as quickly as possible and rapidly put the trike in the hands of our supporters. We will kickstart manufacturing of the Electric Verrado by crowdfunding the parts and labor for the first 30 Electric Verrados produced in the US.
HELP US COMPLETE THE VERRADO!
As part of Local Motors’ open source innovation, all of the design and prototyping of the Electric Verrado is collaboratively executed online by community members from all over the world. Now we’re looking to the Kickstarter community for help.
We’ve worked hard to build a platform for designers and engineers to come together and help each other evolve ideas into products. By joining our online community, you can help create the next big vehicle innovation by contributing your ideas, feedback, designs, knowledge and experience. Help us open source a world of vehicle innovations. Head over to the LM Drift Trike project page and give us your ideas and feedback during the final stages of development for the Verrado Electric Drift Trike: https://localmotors.com/projects/lm-drift-trike/3/discussion/5318/
COME DRIFT WITH US!
The Verrado Drift Trike delivers a unique and impressive experience in its compact design. The power and torque of the electric hub motor takes you by surprise as it launches you from a stop with just a slight twist of the throttle. You can even hear the sound of the tire peeling out on the asphalt! As you get the feel for the slick, rear PVC tires, you can begin to experiment with how much angle you want to drift with. The innovative idea of the trike being FWD allows you to pull and steer yourself through your drift, as opposed to a RWD vehicle that pushes you through the angle. This allows the driver to control how much angle, speed, and direction the trike drifts in. It gives a nice opportunity for sharper angled drifts without the risk of spinning out from too much throttle (as a RWD vehicle would). The Verrado packs a huge punch in its design and provides an experience unlike any other. Get a feel for what it’s like to drift at your own pace, in control, and in style with the Local Motors Verrado Drift Trike!
Risks and challenges
If the Verrado Electric Drift Trike Kickstarter campaign is successfully funded, the main challenges we will face in order to bring the trike to production are finalizing design details and ordering components for the initial production run. This includes finalizing the axle attachment method, the battery bracket design, the rear wheel selection, the front peg design, the wire routing and the harness design.
At Local Motors we have a strong team of designers and engineers in the process of tackling these issues and testing the Verrado every day. The funds from a successful Kickstarter Campaign would allow us to acquire the optimal high-quality parts for the Verrado, ensuring its consistent safety, durability, and performance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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