Mission 05:
Salar de Uyuni

Voxan Wattman, the world’s fastest electric motorcycle

The Challenge:

The high-performance Wattman’s fairing was exclusively designed by Sacha Lakic to set new world speed records, in close collaboration with Voxan’s engineers.

The Wattman uses the same Mercedes electric engine as the ROKiT Venturi Racing Team and the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team in the Formula E World Championship.

With a speed of 366.94 km/h (228.05 mph), Max Biaggi and the Voxan Wattman claimed a new record in the prestigious “partially streamlined electric motorcycle over 300 kg” class. The record was set on the last weekend of October 2020, at Châteauroux airfield in France, and saw Voxan and Max Biaggi dethrone previous holders Ryuji Tsuruta and the Mobitec EV-02A with their speed of 329.085 km/h (204 mph).

In line with FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) 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. The Wattman’s GPS speedometer peaked at a maximum instantaneous speed of 408 km/h (254 mph).

The Voxan Wattman also holds the following records:

– ¼ mile, flying start, partially streamlined:           394.45 km/h (245.10 mph) – no previous record

– ¼ mile, flying start, non-streamlined:                 357.19 km/h (221.95 mph) – no previous record

– 1 km, flying start, partially streamlined:              386.35 km/h (240.07 mph – previous record: 329.31 km/h (204.62 mph)

– 1 mile, flying start, non-streamlined:                   349,38 km/h (217.10 mph) – previous: record 292 km/h (181.44 mph)

– ¼ mile, standing start, non-streamlined:            126.20 km/h (78.42 mph) – no previous record

– ¼ mile, standing start, partially streamlined:      127.30 km/h (79.10 mph) – previous record: 87.16 km/h (54.16 mph)

– 1 km, standing start, non-streamlined:               185.56 km/h (115.30 mph) – no previous record

– 1 km, standing start, partially streamlined:         191.84 km/h (119.20 mph)– previous record: 122.48 km/h (76.11 mph)

– 1 mile, standing start, non-streamlined:             222.82 km/h (138.45 mph)  no previous record

– 1 mile, standing start, partially streamlined:       225.01 km/h (139.81 mph) – no previous record

The Vehicle:

Propulsion

Engine : Mercedes-Benz EQ electric engine (Technology: permanent magnet motor)

Maximum Power : 270 kW (367 HP)

Battery pack : Lithium-ion

Transmission : Direct drive with timing belt

Specifications

Length : 2700 mm

Width : 710 mm

Height : 1030 mm

Seat height : 610 mm

Wheelbase : 1850 mm

Ground clearance : 70 mm

Weight : 336 kg (Battery: 140 kg)

Cycle

Front suspension : dual swingarm with central shock absorber + offset handlebar with link rods

Rear suspension : dual swingarm with central shock absorber

Tyres : Michelin Power RS+ (Front: 120/70 ZR17 / Rear: 190/55 ZR17)

Rear brake : 305mm disc – 4-piston calliper

The <span>R</span>ider:

The Rider:

Italian rider Max Biaggi has been chosen to take on this challenge, astride the Voxan Wattman. The six-time world champion has form when it comes to blazing a spectacular trail, having previously set a world speed record on an electric motorcycle back in 1994 (164.2 km/h on a Fazi Egraf).

Mad Max boasts an impressive CV that includes four 250cc World Championship titles and two World Superbike Championship titles. He is also twice Vice-World Champion in the 500cc category.

Over the course of a truly outstanding career in various world motorcycle championship categories, Max clocked up no fewer than 111 victories and 56 pole positions.