Electric vehicles, while lacking the stereotypical throaty roar of the exhaust and tremorous vibrations of the engine’s cylinders, are nothing if not speedy. Take Tesla’s Model S for instance: its century time is just under 2.4 seconds with a top speed of 249 kmh. Which, by the way, is already ludicrously fast – though the Wattman, Voxan Motor’s electric motorcycle, will be looking to break around 330 kmh next year.
Two-time Superbike World Championship winner and four-time 250cc World Champion Massimiliano Biaggi, more commonly known as Max, will be piloting the special make of the electric motorcycle.
Il Corsaro, or The Corsair, as the Italian rider was once known as when he was still racing professionally, will be attempting the feat on the Salar de Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia. That’s 11,000 sq km of arid lakebed with plenty of space to open up on the throttle.
For the attempt, a special variant of the Wattman has been kitted out with 367 hp and some added heft for stability – especially important when you’re blasting down the flats at speed. Even though it’s around 300 kg, the Voxan Wattman is built like an amalgamation of an armoured bullet and a motorcycle out of Tron (sans neon accents). It is exceptionally aerodynamic and designed specifically by Sacha Lakic for crushing the current electric motorcycle land speed record.
Speaking about the current world record, it stands at 204.48 mph (329.07 kmh) by Ryuji Tsurata on a Mobitec EV-02A. Biaggi was originally slated to set the electric motorcycle speed world record this June, but the attempt was put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak.
As for the stock Wattman, it’s no slouch either. It’s a high-performance superbike with 203 hp and can hit 100 kmh in 3.4 seconds. It has a range of 180 km and can be fully recharged within 30 minutes – so it’s technically suitable for daily commutes, though we’d reserve it for weekend joyrides.
While French motorcycle manufacturers haven’t quite broken into the market the same way Japanese and Italian marques have, Voxan Motors’ electric motorcycles might make some headway if they continue to push the boundaries of speed. Whatever happens next, one thing’s for sure: the future will be electrifying.
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