DARPA Wants to Build a Silent, Hybrid Dirt Bike

April 18, 2014 | Andy Cush

The evil geniuses at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are building the ultimate stealth assault vehicle: a hybrid gas-electric dirt bike that operates in near-silence. The Department of Defense agency awarded a contract to the company Logos Technologies to explore the possibility.

Wired explains the endeavor:

Although still in the research phase, Logos plans to fit its quieted, multifuel hybrid-electric power system with an all-electric bike from San Francisco-based manufacturer BRD Motorcycles — a seven year old company that specializes in electric motorcycles.

For its base platform, the project relies on an existing (and what BRD calls “barely legal”) racing bike, the RedShift MX, a 250-pound all-electric moto that retails for $15,000.

That’s the RedShift MX above. Any chance we can get a few of DARPA’s new, super-quiet toys into NYC riders’ hands?