KillaJoule beats electric motorcycle speed record

Photo KillaCycle Racing

Photo KillaCycle Racing

The KillaCycle Racing team did it again, and its KillaJoule set a new speed record of 240.726 mph (387,328 km/h) on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Bill Dube and Eva Hakansson, the husband-and-wife team, together built the KillaJoule. Eva was also riding (piloting?) the “motorcycle”, which is technically a sidecar since it has a third wheel on one side for stability. The world record is actually the fastest speed for an electric motorcycle and for an electric sidecar.

It is powered by a 500 hp electric motor featuring a 400 Volt, 10 kWh lithium nano-phosphate battery from A123 Systems. The KillaJoule weighs 1540 lb. (700kg), Eva included. The length is 19 ft (5,60 m), the height 38 inches (0,96 m). Contrary to the KillaCycle from earlier years, the KillaJoule has a body with a closed cockpit.

The old record of 212.172 mph (341,458 km/h) also belonged to KillaJoule and was set last year.

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