KillaJoule Sets Electric Motorcycle Speed Record At 241.901 MPH (w/videos)

3 years ago by Mark Kane 5

KillaCycle Racing Team A record is _always_ a team effort. It doesn't matter how fast the bike is; if the team doesn't work, the bike doesn't work. We have the best crew: Mike Stockert, Alicia Kelly, Bill Dube', me (Eva Hakansson) and Kent Singleton (not shown in picture). And of course the 241 mph "KillaJoule". You are all awesome! Thank you so much!

KillaCycle Racing Team:
A record is _always_ a team effort. It doesn’t matter how fast the bike is; if the team doesn’t work, the bike doesn’t work. We have the best crew: Mike Stockert, Alicia Kelly, Bill Dube’, me (Eva Hakansson) and Kent Singleton (not shown in picture). And of course the 241 mph “KillaJoule”. You are all awesome! Thank you so much!

New record of 240.726 mph in the flying mile (awaiting official certification by AMA).

New record of 240.726 mph in the flying mile (awaiting official certification by AMA).

KillaCycle Racing set in late August a new electric motorcycle speed record at Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials – 240.726 mph (387.328 km/h):

“240.726 mph (387.328 km/h) in the flying mile, AMA record, Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, Bonneville Salt Flats, August 2014 (pending official certification by the AMA).”

By the way, KillaJoule was also the fastest vehicle on the track with top speed of 241.901 mph.

Now, KillaJoule is the world’s fastest electric motorcycle and the world’s fastest sidecar motorcycle of any kind.

This streamlined vehicle was built by Bill and Eva Dube, which are known from the KillaCycle drag bike project.

Here are the specs of the motorcycle:

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.

First time in history that an electric motorcycle gets Top Speed of the Event at Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials! 241.901 mph

First time in history that an electric motorcycle gets Top Speed of the Event at Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials! 241.901 mph

“Watch the record run at 241.901 mph that made KillaJoule the world’s fastest electric motorcycle and the world’s fastest sidecar motorcycle of any kind (including internal combustion). It is the first time in over 100 years that an electric vehicle has taken an overall speed record for a vehicle type (the last time was in 1899 when the world’s fastest car was electric).

Thank you GoPro for the Hero3 HD cameras used to capture this record run! (Make sure to watch the video in HD!)
Thank you A123 Systems, Rinehart Motion Systems and EVO Electric for the 300+ HP drivetrain, and Larson Engineering in Boulder for the 300+ mph wheels!”

“Ever wondered how it is to pilot the “KillaJoule” – the world’s fastest electric motorcycle and the world’s fastest sidecar motorcycle (record of 240 mph)? Well, it is surprisingly undramatic.
Take a peek into the cockpit of KillaJoule where Eva Hakansson is piloting it at 224 mph. Make sure to not miss the following “action moments”:

01:03 – Eva is closing the visor on her helmet
01:26 – the bike is on the track and Eva’s is pegging the throttle.
02:33 – entering the measured mile at over 220 mph
02:49 – finishing the measured mile and deploying the brake chute
03:54 – talking to the crew on the radio
04:53 – switching over to a handheld radio using another channel that doesn’t go through the repeater in the trailer 10 miles away (Eva can’t reach the built-in radio in the bike to change the channel when she is seated, so bringing another radio was a quick solution).
05:30 – stopping on the return road between the two tracks.
Trying to get the canopy off without scratching the paint (if she just threw the canopy on the ground not worrying about the paint, it would take her less than 10 seconds to exit).
The fire crew comes by to check that everything is OK.
— Bonneville Salt Flats, August 26, 2014 —

Thank you GoPro for the Hero3 HD cameras used to capture this record run! (Make sure to watch the video in HD!)
Thank you A123Systems, Rinehart Motion Systems and EVO Electric for the 300+ HP drivetrain!”

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5 responses to "KillaJoule Sets Electric Motorcycle Speed Record At 241.901 MPH (w/videos)"

  1. sven says:

    That’s a very phallic EV.

  2. mhpr262 says:

    Sorry, but if it has got three wheels and can’t lean it is not a motorcycle, it is a three-wheeled car.

    1. merlin says:

      I think you should call all the HD trike owners up and let them know that and then the CANAM Spyder owners too . crazy how you need a motorcycle license to drive those .
      Congrats to Eva and Bill .

  3. jerryd says:

    Way to go Eva, Bill!!! Another EV record bites the dust.

    mhpr, you need to look up the meaning of MC. Just because you say something doesn’t make it right.

    Since they have a MC class for it rather says you are wrong.

  4. Congrats Eva! It was an honor meeting you and Bill on my first time running on the salt.