Electric Voxan Wattman sets 456 kph speed record
Italian motor racer Max Biaggi has set a new speed record at the wheel of an electric motorbike at the end of November. Venturi’s Voxan Wattman reached a top speed of no less than 456 km/hour on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US.
Max Biaggi is a renowned Italian racing driver who achieved success mainly as a pilot for Aprilia and Yamaha motorbikes factory teams. Voxan is a French motorbike manufacturer that built some sporty motorbikes with a V-twin engine (Voxan V) in the late nineties that would be an alternative to Ducati or Aprilia products.
Shortly afterward, Venturi bought the motorbike brand intending to develop sporty, electric motorbikes. However, the brand was plagued by financial setbacks and could not compete with the established brands. Ten years later, bankruptcy was declared.
Venturi, in its turn, is a small Monegasque car manufacturer, which has mainly built exclusive sports cars, and in recent years has also concentrated on electrically driven prototypes. Today, Venturi is also active in Formula E.
Between 18 and 23 November, Voxan broke 21 speed records on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US. Then, on Monday 22 November, Max Biaggi reached a top speed of 455,737 km/hour with the Voxan Wattman. That was immediately good for a new record in the category ‘partially streamlined electric motorbikes under 300 kg’.
The exercise involved a flying start over a distance of one kilometer in both directions. The average of the two runs was then registered. Interesting detail, the digital speedometer of the motorbike even showed a maximum speed peak of 470,257 km/hour.
Last year, Voxan made a lot of progress on the Wattman bike by reducing weight, increasing power, and especially by optimizing the bike’s stability at these high speeds. Voxan did this in collaboration with various partners, including Michelin, Saft, and Mercedes. In this way, the Venturi Group wants to improve ecologically sound mobility in the long term.