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Watching the World's Fastest Electric Motorcycle Go 236 MPH is Terrifying

Road & Track logo Road & Track 13/3/2019 Zach Bowman
a view of the water: 360 degrees of salt-flat speed © Eva Hakansson Racing - YouTube 360 degrees of salt-flat speed

If you're looking for your daily shot of adrenaline, you found it. Eva Hakansson took her insane KillaJoule, a three-wheeled electric motorcycle, to the Gairdner Salt Flats in Australia for a run. The result? A blistering 236 mph. It's one thing to read the number. It's another to watch the sprint unfold in 360-degree video from inside the cockpit. It looks like riding a plexiglass coffin into oblivion.

a man in a red boat on the water: Watching an Electric Bike Go 236 MPH Is Terrifying © Eva Hakansson Watching an Electric Bike Go 236 MPH Is Terrifying

Hakansson built the machine herself, using a single-wheel outrigger to give the vehicle the stability of a four-wheeler with the nose surface area of a motorcycle. The motor is an EVO Electric AFM-240, good for 500 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque, fed by 400 volt, 10 kWh A123 Systems lithium nano-phosphate batteries. The set up uses twin Rinehart Motion Systems PM100 controllers good for 400 horsepower, each. 

At 19 feet long, the KillaJoule is just 38 inches tall and weighs in at 1,540 pounds. It's current top speed sits at 270.224 mph, and it holds the current record as the fastest sidecar motorcycle at 248.746 mph. By comparison, this run is a leisurely stroll, but it's still enough to put our hair on end.

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