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KillaCycle electric motorcycle breaks eight second quarter mile at 168mph

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November 14, 2007

The KillaCycle - now 500hp

The KillaCycle - now 500hp

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November 15, 2007 Upping the grunt to 500 horsepower courtesy of new 186 pound "nanophosphate cells", the KillaCycle has reached speeds of 168mph in becoming the first electric-vehicle in history to enter the “magic sevens” in the quarter mile.

The KillaCycle made two runs of 7.824 and 7.991 seconds (with a 0-60mph time of under one second) at the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) California Bike Week event last weekend at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.

The new official quarter mile record of 7.991 seconds is the sixth occasion KillaCycle has set a new world mark.

"I knew it was a fast run, but we all were completely blown away when the board lit up with 7.82 @ 168 mph," said Bill Dube, owner of the KillaCycle. "The spectators didn’t clap or cheer but simultaneously let out a revenant, hushed, low-pitched “whooooa” when the board lit up."

The new battery pack from A123Systems delivers more than 500 horsepower via 1210 A123 Li-Ion "nanophosphate cells" weighing 186 pounds, 21 pounds heavier but with 150hp more power than its predecessor.

Other recent improvements that led to the milestone time include newly tuned power electronics, augmented gearing and a larger larger 27” tire.

See the KillaCycle website for more pics and a video of the record breaking run.

Further reading:

Killacycle nearly lives up to its name

350 bhp battery-powered Killacycle

About the Author
Noel McKeegan After a misspent youth at law school, Noel began to dabble in tech research, writing and things with wheels that go fast. This bus dropped him at the door of a freshly sprouted Gizmag.com in 2002. He has been Gizmag's Editor-in-Chief since 2007.   All articles by Noel McKeegan
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