Aerodynamic design, lack of front brake and cooled with carbon dioxide. Meet Voxan Wattman, the 367 horsepower strong electric motorcycle that can be the world’s fastest.
If you like things that go fast, then look into Voxan’s new Wattman. Because if everything goes according to plan, it will, with Superbike champion Max Biaggi in the saddle, try to set a new world record for electric motorcycles next summer. The goal is to reach 330 km / h.
To get there, the team behind has had to resort to some unconventional means. Sure, the design follows all the arts and rules of aerodynamics may not be surprising. But some extra tricks have been added to make the motorcycle as stable as possible. In the front, double link arms have been installed to reduce air resistance. The solution is also practical as it can be replaced quickly and easily.
So how have you done with the steering? Yes, the bike is controlled with the help of a link / swivel arm which allows the driver to be moved backwards which in turn means that you can get a longer wheelbase. And on the altar of speed, Voxan has also offered the opportunity to brake the front wheel.
– There is no front brake, and that for several reasons. Mainly because it gives better aerodynamics at high speed. But also because it takes time to accelerate in the large salt deserts due to poor grip and we have plenty of room to stop. Last, but most importantly – front wheel braking at high speeds in the salt desert can create balance and lead to crash. We do not use a parachute, but the driver has a brake on the rear wheel which he controls with the left handle. Engine brakes can also be controlled with a small lever on the right handle, says Franck Baldet, Voxan’s technology manager in a statement.
So the front brake is out of the picture, but so is something as aerodynamically abominable as cooler. No, instead, Wattman keeps the temperature in the driveline with the help of carbon dioxide that cools a liquid system.
Even the battery is something you won’t find anywhere else. Here, Voxan was assisted by its parent company Venturi, which together with Ohio State University has built a battery with a capacity of 15.9 kWh and which can deliver 317 kW. Which one hopes is enough to reach new record speeds.
The record attempt itself was placed at Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia in July 2021.
Fakta: Voxan Wattman
Drive line: Electric machine, permanent magnet
Maxeffekt: 270 kW / 367 hk
Max torque: 970 Nm
Battery: Lithium ion
Volt: 756 V
Capacity: 15 kWh
Weight of the battery: 140 kh
Weight motorcycle: 300 kg