The KillaJoule electric streamliner sidecar motorcycle – piloted by builder and owner Eva Håkansson – set a new world speed record of 212.040 mph (341.246 km/h) at Bonneville Salt Flats on August 28, 2013.
The new record beats the previous international speed records for electric motorcycles as well as for all kinds of sidecar motorcycles (including internal combustion-powered sidecar motorcycles).
There are also two national speed records that KillaJoule needs to break before it can be called the “world’s fastest electric motorcycle” and the “world’s fastest sidecar motorcycle of any kind”. The national speed record for electric motorcycles is 215.960 mph and for sidecar motorcycles is 224.201 mph. Eva and her team will attempt to break these records at “Mike Cook’s ShootOut” at Bonneville Salt Flats on September 12-16.
Battery: A123Systems Lithium Nano-Phosphate, 400 V and 10 kWh. 500+ HP.
Motor: EVO Electric AFM-240 motor, 500 HP.
Motor controllers: Two Rinehart Motion Systems PM100 controllers, 400 HP together.
Weight: about 1540 lb. (700 kg) including the pilot Eva Håkansson
Dimensions: Length 19 ft (5.6 m), width appr. 21 inches (0.53 m), height appr. 38 inches (0.96 m), wheelbase 150 inches (3.8 m), track width when fitted with sidecar 45 inches (1.14 m)
Frame and suspension: Chrome-Moly steel tubing with “Springer” style front end and classic stereo suspension for rear end.
Brakes: Disc brakes front and back. Two Kevlar ribbon brake parachute, actuated with Bimba air cylinders.
Body: Fiberglass composite nosecone, canopy and sidecar wheel cover made by Nova Kinetics Aerosystems in Flagstaff, AZ. Body panels of aluminum.
Rider, builder, designer and owner: Eva Håkansson
Crew chief, designer and owner: Bill Dubé
Senior adviser and designer of the suspension: Sven Håkansson
Pit crew: Mike Stockert, Alicia Kelly and Kent Singleton
Current record (as of August 2014): World’s fastest electric motorcycle and the world’s fastest sidecar motorcycle @ 240.726 mph (387 km/h)
Registered top speed: Currently 241.901 mph (as of August 2014).