Monaco, 3 November 2020 – Max Biaggi and Monegasque electric motorcycle constructor Voxan marked the Venturi Group’s 20th anniversary in style, setting a total of eleven new world speed records at Châteauroux Airfield 'Marcel Dassault' in France, on 30 and 31 October and 1 November.
366.941 km/h (228.006 mph) for the semi-streamliner Wattman
On the morning of Saturday 31 October, Max Biaggi and the Voxan Wattman achieved their primary objective, beating the most sought-after of the twelve world records they had been targeting this weekend. With a speed of 366.941 km/h (228.006 mph), the team set a new record in the prestigious “partially streamlined electric motorcycle over 300 kilos” class. In doing so, they dethroned previous holders Ryuji Tsuruta and Mobitec EV-02A with their speed of 329 km/h (204 mph).
In line with FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) regulations, the Voxan Wattman’s speed was measured from a flying start over 1 mile in opposite directions, within a period of two hours. Under Federation regulations, the final speed is the average of the two speeds recorded over these two runs.
Reaching such impressive speeds has encouraged Voxan to set its sights even higher. When they make their next attempts on a natural course, the team now has serious designs on an average speed in the region of 400 km/h (249 mph).
349.382 km/h (217.095 mph) for the non-streamlined Wattman
On Friday 30 October, a non-streamlined version of the Voxan Wattman without its fairing also took on the challenge over a distance of 1 mile, from a flying start. The principle was identical: 1 mile in opposite directions, within a period of two hours. Once again, the final speed was the average of the two speeds recorded over these two runs: 349.382 km/h (217.095 mph).
Yet the on-board systems showed that the Wattman, propelled by its powerful 270 kW (367 CH) engine, peaked at a top speed of 372 km/h (231 mph). This measurement augurs well for the next attempts planned, with Voxan set to take on more records until the end of 2022.
Nine other records
Gildo Pastor’s team had a number of other world records in their sights. After these three days of attempts, the final record tally is as follows:
- ¼ mile, flying start, partially streamlined: 394.446 km/h (245.097 mph) - no previous record
- ¼ mile, flying start, non-streamlined:357.190 km/h (221.947 mph) - no previous record
- 1 km, flying start, partially streamlined:386.349 km/h (240.066 mph) - previous record: 329.319 km/h (204.483 mph)
- ¼ mile, standing start, non-streamlined:126.195 km/h (78.413 mph) - no previous record
- ¼ mile, standing start, partially streamlined:127.304 km/h (79.103 mph) - previous record:
87.157 km/h (54.156 mph)
- 1 km, standing start, non-streamlined:185.562 km/h (115.302 mph) - no previous record
- 1 km, standing start, partially streamlined:191.836 km/h (119.201 mph) - previous record: 122.476 km/h (76.103 mph)
- 1 mile, standing start, non-streamlined:222.823 km/h (138.455 mph) - no previous record
- 1 mile, standing start, partially streamlined:225.008 km/h (139.813 mph) - no previous record