An Electric Bike Inspired by Rod Emory’s Porsche 356 Outlaws
Are electric vehicles harbingers of a bleak and soulless future? Steadfast petrolheads might think so, but we have a more positive outlook. Especially when we see new tech and classic aesthetics meshed together as well as Vintage Electric does it.
Based in California, Vintage Electric makes hand-built electric two-wheelers that ride the line between bicycles and small motorcycles. This handsome little number is their latest offering—the limited edition Outlaw Tracker.
It’s been designed in collaboration with none other than Rod Emory, of Emory Motorsports. It seems like an odd pairing; a famed Porsche 356 Outlaw builder and an electric bike company. But when the opportunity came to collaborate, both parties jumped at it.
“We have always loved Rod’s work,” says the Vintage Electric team, “and when we met each other a few years ago we realised how great of a guy he was. Vintage Electric is an ever growing family and we are completely honoured to have Rod be a part of that.”
The guys started with their popular Tracker model, then added some key upgrades—and a host of Emory-inspired touches. “Rod has made such an incredible mark on his industry that we all kind of just knew how the bike should look,” they say.
“His colour choices are timeless, his headlight grills are well known, and the fine leather details are something that sets him apart from the crowd. He is probably one of the most talented guys we know and it was a total honour to work with him on all of the details!”
The Tracker’s powered by a 3000 watt, 3-phase brushless electric motor, with a 52v 13.5 AH battery and a regenerative braking system. Vintage Electric’s optional ‘Race Mode’ upgrade is standard on the Outlaw version, putting the top speed at 58 km/h.
Charge time is two hours, and the range is about 56 km if you switch the motor over to the slower ‘Street Mode.’ (With a max speed of 32 km/h, ‘Street Mode’ makes the Tracker road legal without a license, in certain countries.)
At its heart is the hallmark of all Vintage Electric’s bikes—their gorgeous aluminium battery casing. “The battery casing was inspired by the early V-Twin direct drive motors that powered board track racers,” the guys tell us. “Made out of sand cast aluminium, the battery box design allows us to cool our electronic components and run more power than most on the market.”
Everything’s mounted to a hydro-formed aluminium frame, with CNC-machined triple clamps holding the company’s latest inverted suspension fork up front. It rolls on 26” wheels, with Schwalbe Fat Frank tyres, and Shimano Alfine hydraulic disc brakes.
Vintage Electric picked out one of Emory’s most distinguished colour choices for the Outlaw—Carrera Silver. It’s been given a deep metallic finish, and adorned with a pair of Mobilgas Pegasi. They’ve also coated the battery box in black, with contrasting cooling fins.
Up front, Vintage Electric have taken their usual bucket headlight, and treated it to the type of mesh grill that Emory often adds to his 356 headlights. The light is LED-equipped, and there’s a small LED tail light out back.
Other touches include hand-made, brushed stainless steel tracker bars, and brown leather grips and saddle from Brookes. The fork uppers wear a pair of neat brown leather wraps—a nod to Emory’s signature leather bonnet straps.
Vintage Electric are only making 50 Outlaw Trackers, and looking at it we’re betting they’ll sell out fast. All the carefully considered mods, combined with the laid back stance of the Tracker and that stunning paint, make for one of the most charming two-wheelers we’ve seen—electric or not.
An electric bike that looks good next to a Porsche 356 Outlaw? The future doesn’t seem so bleak, after all.