World's most powerful electric motorcycle

ANDREW MACLEAN
Last updated 09:44 05/12/2013

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This may look like something out of a science fiction movie, but it is, in fact, the world's most powerful electric motorcycle.

Boutique French automotive companies Voxon Motorcycles and Venturi have teamed together to produce the Wattman, which was revealed at the Paris motorcycle show this week.

The two companies claim the Wattman pioneers a new construction method as it built around its massive integrated battery and electric motor with a rigid exoskeleton rather than a conventional frame.

It's battery has a total capacity of 12.8kWh, can be fully re-charged within 30 minutes and has a range of 180km, while the electric motor produces 150kW – around the same amount of power as a 1000cc superbike – and is capable of accelerating from 0-100 kmh in 3.4sec before topping out at 170 kmh.

Voxon says it will start building the Wattman from late next year at the Solesmes Electric Vehicle Manufacture plant in Sarthe, near the famous Le Mans circuit; a facility completely powered by clean energy.

It has yet to reveal pricing for the motorcycle but admits it is "primarily intended for an exclusive international clientele that is passionate about technology and emotions" and will be built to order and hand-assembled, which no doubt means it will be expensive.

"Wattman is an outstanding product, a real pride for our team," said Voxon president, Gildo Pallanca Pastor,

"It is also a starting point for a new human and technological adventure which is built on 10 years of challenges, creativity and solutions proven in developing Venturi vehicles."

Venturi recently had to abort an attempt at re-setting its land speed record for an electric-powered car after the Bonneville salt flats in Utah, America, were flooded in September. The Venturi BB2.5 set a new benchmark of 495km/h in 2010, and the updated BB3 – which has more than 2200kW of power (equal to around 10 Porsche Boxster convertibles) – was built to exceed 700 kmh.

-Fairfax News Australia

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