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Well, sir, there's nothing on earth like a genuine, bona fide, electrified, six-car Monorail! two-wheeled MonoTracer! And now, the Swiss X-Prize-winner has gone from unobtainable prototype to purchasable production machine. Dubbed the Peraves MonoTracer MTE-150, the Kevlar monocoque cabin cycle has had its drivetrain updated with AC Propulsion's new 3rd generation 150 kW (200 horsepower) system and its interior refined. It's all enough to make fans of high efficiency and high performance break i


If you were a regular-grade geek and Stanford dropout failing to live up to the lofty expectations of your family, then turned into one of the most intense crime-stopping government agents in the world, what would you drive?

Peraves Monotracer – Click above to watch video after the jump

Monotracer E cruising in America – Click above to watch video after the jump

Efficiency and speed will both be demanded of Progressive Automotive X-Prize entrants and the E-Tracer that Peraves has announced it will bring to the competition has both of those characteristics in spades. Serious spades. The only question unanswered is whether or not is has the lesser cards needed for a $10 million-winning royal flush. Putting that aside for now though, let's take a closer look at this electric cabin cycle and some of the cards it's holding.

Click above image for a high-res gallery of the Peraves MonoTracer

The Peraves MonoTraceris a two seat, fully enclosed body sport bike with a difference. According the press materials, even though the tires are rated for a lean angle of up to 55 degrees, only twenty percent ever exceed 40 degrees and only five exceed 45 degrees. The MonoTracer is equipped with two automatically retractable stabilizer wheels that allow the machine to safely lean up to 52 degrees.