Venturi acquired the iconic French motorcycle maker Voxan in 2010, refocusing the brand on a new core business: electric engines. Two models were built: the on-road Wattman, and the high-performance Wattman specially created to set new world speed records. Both machines were designed by Venturi’s long-serving lead designer, Sacha Lakic.
In 2013, Venturi unveiled the Voxan Wattman, a symbol of the brand’s rebirth. The Wattman embodied the new technical and stylistic direction adopted by the constructor purchased three years earlier.
The “Made in Monaco” motorcycle delivers a phenomenal 150 kW (203 HP) of power at up to 10,500 rpm, generating instant torque of 200 Nm. At the time, it staked a claim to be the most powerful electric motorcycle ever built, capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds.
The Wattman ushered in a new architecture, built around an engine-battery pack carrier set. Instead of a frame, it has an ultra-rigid aluminium exoskeleton that integrates all of the powertrain components.
A high-performance version of the Wattman has now been created. Also designed at the Venturi and Voxan facilities in Monaco, it will attempt to set a new world speed record (*) soon.
Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, the world’s largest salt flat, will provide the stage for the 270 kW (367 HP) Wattman’s attempt to break the 330 km/h mark (**)Find out more about mission 05
(*) Category: electric motorcycles propelled by the action of one wheel in contact with the ground, partially streamlined, under 300 kg.
(**) Current record: 329.085 km/h, set by Ryuji Tsuruta riding Mobitec EV-02A