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KillaJoule electric sidecar motorcycle hits 241 mph, smashes multiple records

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September 3, 2014

Eva Håkansson has broken a number of land speed records with her KillaJoule electric sidec...

Eva Håkansson has broken a number of land speed records with her KillaJoule electric sidecar motorcycle (Photo: BonnevilleStories.com)

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Land speed record chaser Eva Håkansson added another three titles to her collection at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials last week. Håkansson hit 242 mph (389 km/h) in her home-built electric sidecar motorcycle "KillaJoule." She is now the world's fastest woman on a motorcycle.

Gizmag featured Håkansson back in 2012 when she had recently pushed KillaJoule to just over 216.504 mph (348.429 km/h), also at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials. That took her to within 3 mph (4.8 km/h) of the 219 mph (352 km/h) record for an electric sidecar motorcycle. This time around, she beat that record by 25 mph (40 km/h).

Håkansson's speed topped out at 241.901 mph (389.219 km/h) with a two-way average of 240.726 mph (387.328 km/h), pending official certification by the American Motorcycle Association. Assuming the result is made official, titles will be also held for "fastest electric motorcycle in the world" and "fastest sidecar motorcycle in the world." Notably, the latter title also includes sidecar motorcycles with internal combustion engines.

Eva Håkansson and KillaJoule entering the measured mile at 240 mph (Photo: Phil Hawkins)

"This is a truly historic event," says Håkansson in a press release. "It is the first time in over a century that an electric vehicle beats internal combustion for a vehicle type. The last time this happened was in 1899 when the world's fastest car was the electric car 'La Jamais Contente' driven by Camille Jenatzy at 65 mph. Since then, internal combustion has dominated everything."

Håkansson and her husband Bill Dubé, both mechanical engineers, have worked on KillaJoule for five years. It is powered by two Rinehart Motion Systems PM100 controllers that, combined, produce 400 hp. It weighs about 1,540 lb (700 kg) including Håkansson, and measures 19 ft (5.6 m) long, 21 inches (0.53 m) wide and 38 inches (0.96 m) in height.

Eva Håkansson in KillaJoule ready for a record attempt (Photo: Phil Hawkins)

The vehicle has a fiberglass composite nose cone, canopy and sidecar wheel cover, along with pre-painted aluminum body panels. Hard rubber compound tires are employed and speed is controlled by front and rear disc brakes, as well as two Kevlar ribbon brake parachutes.

The video below shows a front-facing view of Håkansson's record-breaking run from inside the cockpit.

Source: KillaCycle Racing

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5 Comments

I expect that by next year somebody will have an ICE sidecar motorcycle beat the record.

Slowburn
3rd September, 2014 @ 02:42 pm PDT

If you can't fall off it, it ain't no motorcycle!

looks fun though

Ozuzi
3rd September, 2014 @ 07:49 pm PDT

I like the name "Killajoule" but I reckon their first choice would have been 'KillaWatt'.....................but that has been taken by the record-setting electric drag bike.

Martin Hone
3rd September, 2014 @ 08:55 pm PDT

Ozuzi, you've got it wrong-you arn't a real Motorcyclist unless you can ride outfits as well as scooters. And you can fall off them and roll them too if you try hard enough.

Gra

gragraposker
3rd September, 2014 @ 11:01 pm PDT

Shouldn't it have a space for a passenger if it is a motor cycle with a side car?

Seems that they need another class for three wheeled vehicles instead.

Captain Danger
4th September, 2014 @ 09:28 am PDT
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