Widescape WS250 stand-up snowmobile has the heart of a motorbike – New Atlas
While many people enjoy whipping around on snowmobiles, the things are rather big and heavy compared to vehicles like dirt bikes. That’s where the WS250 comes in, as it’s a compact, one-passenger, stand-up snowmobile.
Manufactured by Quebec-based company Widescape, the WS250 has an aluminum chassis and an HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic body. The whole rig weighs just 90 kg (198 lb) and measures 2.2 meters long by 0.8 m wide by 1.3 m high (87 by 31 by 51 in).
Due to the fact that it is relatively light, short and narrow, the vehicle can be carried on a truck or SUV’s hitch-mounted rack rear. Additionally, two of the things can fit side-by-side in the cargo bed of a pickup.
Power is provided by a 4-stroke, electric fuel injection, electric start, liquid-cooled, 242cc internal combustion engine. It puts out 20 hp and burns gas at a rate of 3 liters per hour, depending on usage – the company tells us that with its 8-liter fuel tank, the WS250 is typically good for at least two to three hours of runtime per fill. The sled has a top speed of 65 km/h (40 mph), and reportedly produces less than 80 decibels of engine noise.
Some of the WS250’s other features include a custom track with 38-mm (1.5-in) lugs; an anti-slip foot platform; a direct-drive continuously variable transmission; an LCD dashboard screen with a speedometer and odometer; heated handlebar grips; plus 140 mm of suspension travel in the front and 100 mm in the rear.
Buyers can preorder a WS250 now, by placing a CAD$100 (about US$79) deposit via the Widescape website. That deposit will go towards the full CAD$8,149 (US$6,423) price tag. Deliveries should commence this fall (Northern Hemisphere). You can see the vehicle in action, in the video below.
And should you own a dirt bike, you might instead be interested in Timbersled’s Mountain Horse kit, which temporarily converts said bike into a snowmobile. On the other hand, if you like the idea of a mini electric snowmobile, you may want to check out the MoonBike.
Source: Widescape via GearJunkie