Motorcycle manufacturer Voxan has unveiled its new version of the Voxan Wattman electric motorcycle. It is not just any electric motorcycle, in addition to using dry ice for cooling, it has been designed to have enough power to reach 330 km / h and thus become the fastest electric motorcycle in the world.
Voxan Motors actually no longer exists as such, the manufacturer was acquired by Venturi a decade ago to focus on manufacturing electric motorcycles. One of its star products was the Wattman electric motorcycle, which came to light in 2013 and obtained a power of 150 kW with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.4 seconds.
Now, the company has unveiled a new iteration of this electric motorcycle. designed with one specific goal: to break the current speed record on an electric motorcycle. This honor is for the Japanese Ryuji Tsuruta with a Mobitec EV-02A, which reached the record of 329 km / h in 2019. The new Voxan Wattamn is going for 330 km / h.
Features to become the world’s fastest electric motorcycle
Achieving such speed will not be easy. For this Venturi has modified the Voxan Wattman with a body that covers the electric motorcycle practically completely. This improves the aerodynamics of the motorcycle in a considerate way. To this is added the absence of a front brake or a parachute, they hope to brake the motorcycle using only the rear brake.
Inside we are an engine capable of drawing a gross power of 317 kW (about 425 horsepower). It has a 15.9 kWh battery that, surprisingly, does not differ much from other electric motorcycles on the market. The reason is simple, you don’t need more energy to be more powerful, just distribute it differently. While a normal electric motorcycle uses that 15 kWh battery for several hours of autonomy, the Voxan Wattman consumes it in a matter of minutes.
One of the most interesting things about this wheeled rocket is without a doubt its cooling method. So much power implies considerable excess heat, but installing a radiator would mean breaking all the aerodynamics of the bike. Instead, the creators of the bike have opted for a dry ice cooling system, which is nothing more than CO2 in a solid state. This component is kept in a tank inside the motorcycle and is distributed to clear heat near the engine and battery. The irony? It is an electric motorcycle that technically emits CO2.
The manufacturer hopes to achieve this feat of the world record in July 2021 in the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. Max Biaggi, several times world motorcycling champion, will be in charge of completing the record. We will see how things change for another year.