In this blog, we’ve set ourselves the challenge of comparing the power output of the Savic Motorcycles C-Series with some of Nature’s top performers, including hamsters, vacuum cleaners, ducks, and electric ice-rink resurfacing machines. You think we jest. Well perhaps we do, but honestly, we’ve been asked the question so many times, we think some serious answers are called for!
Let's start with our baseline: the humble 60kW C-Series Alpha motorcycle. With a typical output of 80 horsepower on our top-spec model, this is a formidable machine that can travel fast. But just how does it compare to more traditional sources of power?
If you've ever owned a hamster, you know that these little guys can run on their exercise wheel literally for hours on end. In fact, it's estimated that a single hamster can produce about 0.0004 horsepower. This means that 200,000 hamsters would generate roughly 80hp, which is more than enough to power the C-Series. However, it's worth noting that hamsters are not the most reliable source of power, and keeping them all fed and happy would be a monumental task.
While not as cute and cuddly as hamsters, corded vacuum cleaners are a much more practical source of power. On average, a corded vacuum has a power rating of around 2000w and contains a motor that can usually produce around 4 horsepower, which is significantly less than what an electric motorcycle can produce. However, if you strapped 30 vacuum cleaners to the motorcycle, you'd probably create a pretty impressive contraption.
If you thought hamsters were impressive, wait until you hear about ducks. A single duck can produce about 0.008 horsepower, which is almost 20 times more than a hamster. With 10,000 ducks, you'd have a whopping 80hp at your disposal. However, rounding up that many ducks would be a logistical nightmare, not to mention the fact that they'd probably cause a lot of traffic accidents.
Finally, we come to the legendary Zamboni ice-rink resurfacing machine. This bad boy is typically powered by a petrol engine, although there are electric versions available that can produce up to 64 horsepower. If we take the lower end of the spectrum and use two petrol-powered Zambonis, we'd have a total of 50hp, which is still less than the C-Series can produce. However, if you used two electric Zambonis, you'd have a total of 128hp, which is more than enough to give our motorcycle a run for its money.
So there you have it. The Savic Motorcycles C-Series may be an awesome machine, but it's no match for 10,000 ducks. While the comparisons we've made may seem a little silly to you, they do highlight the importance of really understanding your sources of energy. Who knows, maybe one day we'll all be riding around on electric Zambonis propelled by some pretty powerful feathered friends.