Voxan claims 11 records with the world's fastest electric motorcycle
While some speed records are going through a heated patch of controversy right now, others appear to be agreed upon. French manufacturer Voxan and the global sanctioning body for motorcycle racing, the FIM, have put out joint press releases announcing no less than 11 new electric motorcycle speed records.
After COVID-19 forced it to abandon a planned record attempt on the salt flats in Bolivia earlier this year, Voxan went home to France and hired out a runway instead. Last weekend, the team went out to Châteauroux airfield, a few hours south of Paris, and got the job done in comprehensive fashion.
Despite using a scarily-short 3.5-km (2.17-mi) runway instead of an expansive, smooth salt flat, ex-MotoGP racer and the 362-horsepower (270 kW) Voxan Wattman managed to substantially raise the bar for electric land speed motorcycling.
The first big-ticket record was a two-way average of 228.05 mph (366.94 km/h) for the "partially streamlined electric motorcycle over 300 kg (661 lb)" class, measured over a full mile (1.6 km) after a flying start, beating the previous record of 204 mph (329 km/h) set by the Mobitec EV-02A. The bike peaked at 254 mph (408 km/h) for just an instant during the record run, giving the team a taste of what it might be able to achieve with a longer track.
The second was the same flying mile using a non-streamlined naked version of the bike with a tiny bikini fairing instead of a giant dustbin. This version of the bike can be seen in the hero image at the top, revealing the Wattman's single-sided front swingarm, presumably hub-steered. This bike managed a two-way average of 217.14 mph (349.38 km/h), reaching a peak speed of 231 mph (372 km/h) that would've felt absolutely crazy from the saddle.
The team chalked up nine more records over the weekend, including:
- ¼ mile, flying start, partially streamlined: 394.45 km/h (245.10 mph) – no previous record
- ¼ mile, flying start, non-streamlined: 357.19 km/h (221.95 mph) – no previous record
- 1 km, flying start, partially streamlined: 386.35 km/h (240.07 mph – previous record: 329.31 km/h (204.62 mph)
- ¼ mile, standing start, non-streamlined: 126.20 km/h (78.42 mph) – no previous record
- ¼ mile, standing start, partially streamlined: 127.30 km/h (79.10 mph) – previous record: 87.16 km/h (54.16 mph)
- 1 km, standing start, non-streamlined: 185.56 km/h (115.30 mph) – no previous record
- 1 km, standing start, partially streamlined: 191.84 km/h (119.20 mph) – previous record: 122.48 km/h (76.11 mph)
- 1 mile, standing start, non-streamlined: 222.82 km/h (138.45 mph) – no previous record
- 1 mile, standing start, partially streamlined: 225.01 km/h (139.81 mph)
While the team is happy with its performance, the plan is to go faster, and Voxan now has the 400 km/h and 250 mph marks in its sights with further attempts planned up until the end of 2022.