Speed Demon Powered by Biofuel

As the world moves away from petrol, we have to envisage what the effects will be across all motor vehicles. This concept sport Modenas bike uses biofuel, specifically palm oil to burn pavement. The design is inspired by cenderawasih, a type of bird of paradise. The resulting shape is aggressive yet fluid. It’s not my cup of tea but I know many rocket heads that would love to take this to the tracks.


Designer: Imran Othman

39 Comments

  • Kiron says:

    Normally biofuels are not that sexy, but this time they are fueling a design-dream!

  • Kiron says:

    Normally biofuels are not that sexy, but this time they are fueling a design-dream!

  • Cedric says:

    Bio-ethanol made from palm oil is a very big mistake, I think it shows poor judgement. Just go to malaysia and see the result of the palm plantations for yourself. It is the easiest thing to be growing from reclaimed rainforest and a cause of natural territory depletion. In fact I believe it is more harmful than petrol as you get the same emissions anyway.
    The way foreward will have to be electric, hydrogen fuel cell or bio fuels from agricultural waste, I feel sorry for those who get a kick out of engine roar because that is most probably going to disappear.

  • Cedric says:

    Bio-ethanol made from palm oil is a very big mistake, I think it shows poor judgement. Just go to malaysia and see the result of the palm plantations for yourself. It is the easiest thing to be growing from reclaimed rainforest and a cause of natural territory depletion. In fact I believe it is more harmful than petrol as you get the same emissions anyway.
    The way foreward will have to be electric, hydrogen fuel cell or bio fuels from agricultural waste, I feel sorry for those who get a kick out of engine roar because that is most probably going to disappear.

  • Mauer says:

    Wow… exotic and fresh design…. good job!

  • Mauer says:

    Wow… exotic and fresh design…. good job!

  • Aiz says:

    Im a Malaysian, to be honest Imran did a great job here especially with the design. But Biodiesel isnt only referring to oil palm, it can be anything. Even fat from liposuction can be used for biodiesel. Cedric has a good judgement on that. In fact do we have to sacrifice food for velocity? Well…i believe most people will not agree on that.

  • Aiz says:

    Im a Malaysian, to be honest Imran did a great job here especially with the design. But Biodiesel isnt only referring to oil palm, it can be anything. Even fat from liposuction can be used for biodiesel. Cedric has a good judgement on that. In fact do we have to sacrifice food for velocity? Well…i believe most people will not agree on that.

  • James says:

    The world is moving away from petrol…really? Since when? It should be by all means but oil companies and governments are too greedy to even think about implementing clean fuels on mass until oil runs out completely. I'm a tad confused by the designers idea though, to get away from petrol as it's harmful but use palm oil which is just as bad. I take it he doesn't know much about the palm oil industry. The irony is that the bird of paradise that inspired this design will be extinct if palm oil is used as a fuel as its entire habitat will be destroyed for the production of it. Keep the design to the bike alone and ignore the fuel aspect altogether and you've got a nice little motorbike design.

  • James says:

    The world is moving away from petrol…really? Since when? It should be by all means but oil companies and governments are too greedy to even think about implementing clean fuels on mass until oil runs out completely. I'm a tad confused by the designers idea though, to get away from petrol as it's harmful but use palm oil which is just as bad. I take it he doesn't know much about the palm oil industry. The irony is that the bird of paradise that inspired this design will be extinct if palm oil is used as a fuel as its entire habitat will be destroyed for the production of it. Keep the design to the bike alone and ignore the fuel aspect altogether and you've got a nice little motorbike design.

  • Artoelli says:

    Clearly, you don't even know it either…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zNzfGPbZn4

  • Artoelli says:

    Clearly, you don't even know it either…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zNzfGPbZn4

  • Reid says:

    That youtube video showed how damaging palm oil is to the environment, so I'm not sure what your point was really. Cedric and James are completely right in their comments about the oil being incredibly harmful and stupid to use. Especially when you consider that power can be produced perfectly harmlessly and cleanly from water, wind, kinetic, hydrogen and even the air. You can actually get energy out of thin air and feel free to look it up. I know a lot about alternative fuels and palm oil which is also used in everyday food stuffs as well is the worst thing you can use instead of petrol. That's like a juggler swapping swords for daggers.

  • Reid says:

    That youtube video showed how damaging palm oil is to the environment, so I'm not sure what your point was really. Cedric and James are completely right in their comments about the oil being incredibly harmful and stupid to use. Especially when you consider that power can be produced perfectly harmlessly and cleanly from water, wind, kinetic, hydrogen and even the air. You can actually get energy out of thin air and feel free to look it up. I know a lot about alternative fuels and palm oil which is also used in everyday food stuffs as well is the worst thing you can use instead of petrol. That's like a juggler swapping swords for daggers.

  • Alfie says:

    the design looks cool…
    The design shows that it is possible to make the palm oil countries successful
    but people perceptions and assumptions make it impossible to make it a reality
    ( human assume that the world is flat, thousand of years ago….)

  • Alfie says:

    the design looks cool…
    The design shows that it is possible to make the palm oil countries successful
    but people perceptions and assumptions make it impossible to make it a reality
    ( human assume that the world is flat, thousand of years ago….)

  • James says:

    Apparently some people have a hard time reading and even watching a video. The design doesn't show that using palm oil as a fuel could be successful at all. It just says that it would use it instead of petrol, not sure where you're getting that information from. Palm oil is extremely destructive to the environment, it has nothing to do with perceptions and assumptions, it has to do with fact….all you have to do is look it up or even just click on a video link. How hard is it, seriously!

    Again, if you would like to research and look into these things you'll find that no one has ever thought that the world was flat, that is a common mistake as when you said people thought it was a different shape (but never flat) it was hundreds of years ago, not thousands. Remember this site is mainly for designers and generally people who know what they're talking about.

    If you like the bike design or the renders then comment on that, but leave everything else be, thanks.

  • James says:

    Apparently some people have a hard time reading and even watching a video. The design doesn't show that using palm oil as a fuel could be successful at all. It just says that it would use it instead of petrol, not sure where you're getting that information from. Palm oil is extremely destructive to the environment, it has nothing to do with perceptions and assumptions, it has to do with fact….all you have to do is look it up or even just click on a video link. How hard is it, seriously!

    Again, if you would like to research and look into these things you'll find that no one has ever thought that the world was flat, that is a common mistake as when you said people thought it was a different shape (but never flat) it was hundreds of years ago, not thousands. Remember this site is mainly for designers and generally people who know what they're talking about.

    If you like the bike design or the renders then comment on that, but leave everything else be, thanks.

  • piment says:

    à chier ! ce "designer" ne connais visiblement rien à la moto

  • piment says:

    chier ! ce “designer” ne connais visiblement rien la moto

  • Hugo says:

    It sure looks fast and furious! I would own one of these and shout " move bit"h, get out of the way!"

  • Hugo says:

    It sure looks fast and furious! I would own one of these and shout ” move bit”h, get out of the way!”

  • PartyBus says:

    Here is Similar Story

    Around 123 urban and suburban buses will be used in the greater Stockholm area, with the rest posted elsewhere. Scania had previously delivered both ethanol and biogas fuelled vehicles to the company and the new buses are expected to be equipped with engines for renewable fuels ethanol and rapeseed methyl ester.

    There are significant environmental benefits to the vehicles too as compared to using a conventional diesel engine they reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 70 per cent with ethanol and 64 per cent with rapeseed methyl ester.

    The vision is that Keolis Sverige will use sustainable transport to double transit ridership in Swedish cities and hopes to have around 60 per cent of its 2,000 buses running on renewable fuels by the second half of 2011.

  • PartyBus says:

    Here is Similar Story

    Around 123 urban and suburban buses will be used in the greater Stockholm area, with the rest posted elsewhere. Scania had previously delivered both ethanol and biogas fuelled vehicles to the company and the new buses are expected to be equipped with engines for renewable fuels ethanol and rapeseed methyl ester.

    There are significant environmental benefits to the vehicles too as compared to using a conventional diesel engine they reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 70 per cent with ethanol and 64 per cent with rapeseed methyl ester.

    The vision is that Keolis Sverige will use sustainable transport to double transit ridership in Swedish cities and hopes to have around 60 per cent of its 2,000 buses running on renewable fuels by the second half of 2011.

  • PartyBus says:

    Here is Similar Story

    Around 123 urban and suburban buses will be used in the greater Stockholm area, with the rest posted elsewhere. Scania had previously delivered both ethanol and biogas fuelled vehicles to the company and the new buses are expected to be equipped with engines for renewable fuels ethanol and rapeseed methyl ester.

    There are significant environmental benefits to the vehicles too as compared to using a conventional diesel engine they reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 70 per cent with ethanol and 64 per cent with rapeseed methyl ester.

    The vision is that Keolis Sverige will use sustainable transport to double transit ridership in Swedish cities and hopes to have around 60 per cent of its 2,000 buses running on renewable fuels by the second half of 2011.

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