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By Rich Kronfeld
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WHAT IS THE RAHT RACER™ ?

PEDAL AS YOU WOULD AN ORDINARY BIKE BUT GO AS FAST AS A CAR- -THE RAHT RACER USES SERIAL HYBRID PEDAL-EV TECHNOLOGY TO GIVE YOU THE FEELING OF SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH

The RAHT RACER™ is a power biking vehicle that uses state of the art pedal-electric hybrid technology to amplify pedal power, enabling the rider’s legs to propel the vehicle up to highway speeds, giving the rider the feeling of super strength.  On a bicycle, your pedals are the accelerator.  Same with the Raht Racer, only multiplied a hundred times! The result is a breathtaking new, Iron Man-like, power-sport experience.  Safer than a motorcycle, or bicycle on a busy street, the Raht has an integrated roll cage, reinforced carbon fiber body and automotive safety features like headlights, tail lights, seat belts & air bag.

What you see here is our first prototype. Its top speed is roughly 70 mph. Our goal is to begin development of our actual production model this year. It will have a top speed of about 100 mph. 

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Raht Racer appears on Fox 9 – “On The Fly”

RAHTMOBILE NAMED FINALIST FOR CLEAN ENERGY TRUST CHALLENGE 2015!!

http://challenge.cleanenergytrust.org/#!/finalists

FEATURES

 

RAHT RACER IS A REVOLUTIONARY VEHICLE, A FITNESS MACHINE ON WHEELS, AN OUTRAGEOUS THRILL, A PRACTICAL & SAFE WAY TO BIKE COMMUTE.  IT WILL FOREVER CHANGE THE WAY YOU EXERCISE AND TRAVEL

If you’re a die-hard bike commuter who rides in all weather, that’s commendable, but most of us have a hard time riding when it's cold, wet, and dark, not to mention, in heavy traffic. There are more than 40,000 bike-car accidents every year and many people have a 10 mile+ commute, which makes biking to work time consuming. Plus carrying your briefcase, computer, lunch, and anything else you may need for the day, is difficult to do on a bike.

With the Raht Racer, bike to work in the same time it takes to drive. Along with safety features found in cars, including seat belts, a roll cage, air bags, and headlights, the Raht Racer protects you from weather and traffic conditions. There is even some trunk space.

The Raht Racer is a totally new experience and a new entry into the power sport market. It’s the fastest, most advanced production pedal vehicle in the world. The driver’s pedal power is converted to electrical energy via Rahtmobile’s patent pending series hybrid flywheel generator technology.  The system provides variable resistance, based on programmable or pre-set workout profiles, and GPS terrain-sensing virtual hills, all with torque amplified pedaling.  All power generated goes back into the system.

HIGH SPEED PEDAL AMPLIFICATION

System senses pedal torque of rider and boosts/amplifies it.  Vehicle responds with sports-car acceleration and speed.  

FITNESS MACHINE ON WHEELS

THE RAHT IS BOTH A HYPER FAST, ENHANCED BIKE AND AN “EXERCISE MACHINE ON WHEELS.  On board computer runs workout programs while driving and displays driver performance information including the power generated, range extension, calories burned, etc. Full smart phone connectivity.YOU COULD BE DRIVING THE FLAT LANDS OF NORTH DAKOTA, BUT EXPERIENCING THE HILLS OF SAN FRANCISCO, EVEN WHILE STUCK IN TRAFFIC.  

HIGH OUTPUT PEDAL GENERATOR - 

High output pedal generator – pedals are connected to generator, not wheels - pedaling generates electricity that goes back into the system to extend range & recharge battery. 

GPS TERRAIN SENSING

Terrain sensing - car knows if its going up or down hill & adjusts pedal resistance accordingly to mimic typical bike experience.

THROTTLE MODE

Raht racer is Versatile – You never have to pedal if you don’t want to.  Throttle can be used instead of pedaling.

SAFETY FEATURES - SAFER THAN A BICYCLE SAFER THAN A MOTORCYCLE

Reinforced roll cage, carbon fiber body, seat belts, air bag, lights - safer than a motorcycle or bicycle on a busy street.

WHAT YOU GET

WHERE WE ARE

We have a working prototype.  It's not just an idea on a napkin!  Our project is to develop and produce a groundbreaking vehicle and we've taken our first major step toward that goal.  We've been able to make a functional prototype, start our IP-patent process, and receive good press with no PR budget. 

WHY WE NEED YOU

Einstein once said that if an idea is not at first preposterous, then it's not a good idea.  When we started this project, we were at times met with blank stares and rolled eyes.  Some said it was preposterous.  We come to be a part of the collaborative movement of Kickstarter where new ideas, preposterous new ideas are supported by a group of forward thinking, supportive and generous people.  We were lucky to receive a grant from the state of Minnesota to build our first prototype.  Its beautiful and works, but like the first Apple computer, its a little rough and needs further development and fine tuning to become a viable product.  We are looking to the Kickstarter community to help us continue development of this amazing vehicle. The money we raise will allow us to re-engineer the chassis, drivetrain and safety systems.  We also need to finesse the design of the body and build new molds.  Then, we'll build several second stage prototypes that will be used for demonstrations, marketing and testing. Part of our plan to make money in the shorter term is to lease out a few stage 2 prototypes to be used for corporate PR/branding.  Because of the Raht Racer's unique combination of green, clean transportation and revolutionary power sports machine, it will work well as an innovative PR vehicle, similar to the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile.  Here is our basic plan outline:

• Re-engineer, re-design, and build Raht Prototype 2.0

• Public Relations

• Convention Circuits

• Begin Production and Marketing

THE TEAM

Rahtmobile is primarily a collaboration between 2 people that met on Craigslist.  We both love cars, good design and are passionate about clean technology.  We are a unique synthesis of engineering skill, artistic-design talent, showmanship and Midwestern work ethic.  The rest of our team is made up of very talented professionals who work in a variety of fields, including, a brain controlled interface technology engineer, a bicycle engineer and the inventor of Rollerblades.

He still has the bike!
He still has the bike!

RICH KRONFELD - Founder, CEO

Rich applied for and won a State of Minnesota grant for the first prototype. He has overseen the successful development of the prototype and has the ability to comprehend & coordinate diverse aspects of the project, (media, engineering, design). Rich is a successful entrepreneur in the entertainment business.

LYON SMITH - Body Designer, Fabricator

Lyon Smith is an accomplished designer and artist.  With extensive experience in CAD, 3D printing and, specifically, automobile design. Lyon fabricated the body and oversaw the design of the aluminum frame. Lyon also created partnerships with several firms, which contributed substantially to the first prototype.

STEVE CASTELLOTTI – Tech Developer, Human Generator Tech Developer

Steve is an inventor and serial entrepreneur who specializes in transitioning cutting-edge technology out of the research lab and into the hands of real people. His background includes brain-computer interface as well as other biosensors related to mental and physical exercise. Steve contributed efforts on the regenerative power and dynamic-resistance algorithms featured on the heads-up display to simulate virtual bike routes taken from real-world locations during your daily commute.

DAN HALPERN – Business Advisor

Dan serves as an advisor to global emerging growth companies, and has launched several medical device and technology startups. He advises the company on business and financing strategies, as well as governance issues.

HARLAN JACOBS - Overseas Business Development

Harlan is a business development professional with established international relationships in European countries including Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands. 

STEWART ROBERTS - Electrical Engineering

Stew is a master technician and mechanic who owns his own shop repairing and rebuilding electric vehicles.  He owns 4 electric cars and is the leading expert in Minnesota for EV maintenance.

SCOTT OLSON – ROLLERBLADE Founder – Advisor

Scott is the inventor of Rollerblades, as well as several other fitness oriented products including Rowbike & Skyride.

THOMAS MARLOW, Esq. - IP Counsel

Tom is the lead patent attorney for our project.

ERNEST GRUMBLES, Esq - Business Council

Ernest is our business attorney.

Risks and challenges

As new vehicle projects go, we can get ours started for a very cost effective, boot strapped amount, as our first prototype was done for $50,000. However, we cannot develop the Raht and have it in customer's hands in only a few months and at a price as low as $250, about the price of some of the technological products that come out of Kickstarter. But what we can do is start a brand new car company for less than it costs to make a low budget film.

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    Help us build the RAHT RACER for 3 days. You will come to our shop and we will provide pizza, beverages tools and the music. This reward will let you participate in the construction of the RAHT Racer where we will take a team photo and frame it so you can take it back home and show it off with your whole family! Travel and Accommodation expenses not included.

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