Sold on the idea of cycling on water, but the traditional cycle-boat isn’t doing it for you? Maybe you need a hydrofoil. Specifically, the Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1. More than seven years in the making, this e-bike/hydrofoil hybrid is set to take to the seas early next year.
Like other hydrofoil watercraft, the XE-1 relies on submerged wings that create lift in the water and raise the hull out of the water. This decreases drag and increases speed, which for a pedal-powered watercraft are both good things. According to Manta5, the XE-1 tops out at 13 mph, and cruises between 7-8 mph.
Manta5 claims that their ability to perform a submerged launch is a “first of its kind for any hydrofoiling watercraft.” That’s important in case you want to stop somewhere along the ride, or you lose your balance and fall off in deep water.
Essentially an e-bike for the water, the XE-1 offers three levels of assist to either go faster or allow you to get more of a workout. Manta5 claims up to an hour of assisted run time on maximum assist from the 460w motor. The battery system is fully submersible with an IP68 rating, and recharges in 5 hours.
To provide lift, the XE-1 uses a 4′ front wing with a 6.5′ rear wing, and the modular design allows it to be disassembled and transported inside your vehicle. Built with a 6061-T6 aluminum frame with vacuum formed ASA plastic buoyancy modules, the hydrofoils are crafted from carbon fiber. Claimed weight is 64lbs including the battery and the motor. Suitable for fresh or salt water, the XE-1 can be used on rivers, lakes, or the open ocean with the ability to handle moderate chop and swell. The XE-1 can travel in water as shallow as 3′, but submerged launches require 7′ depths.
Priced at $7,490, Manta5 is taking preorders with a 10% refundable deposit that will guarantee your spot for the May 2021 delivery window. Check the order page for additional information on shipping, taxes, and more.