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Venturi Aiming to Break Electric Motorcycle Speed Record

Venturi and Max Biaggi set out to break 330 km/h mark with electric motorcycle…

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Venturi has set out to break an electric motorcycle speed record using its Voxan brand with six-time motorcycle racing world champion Max Biaggi.

The Monaco-based company, led by Gildo Pastor, will attempt to break the speed record for the ‘electric motorcycles propelled by the action of one wheel in contact with the ground, partially streamlined, under 300 kg’ category.

The attempt will take place on the Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia, with a targeted speed of 330 km/h (205 mph), using the Voxan Wattman bike designed by Sacha Lakic.

The current record was set by Jim Hoogerhyde in 2013, achieving 327.608 km/h (203.566 mph) on a Lightning SB220.

Biaggi set a previous record attempt in the same category, hitting 164.198 km/h (102.027 mph) in 1994.

“I’ve always loved a challenge,” he said. “When my friend Gildo Pastor came to me with his plan for the world land speed record and the Voxan Wattman, I was obviously going to say yes.

“Gildo is both an expert and a pioneer in the field of electric mobility. Under his impetus, Venturi Automobiles has set a number of records and marked a host of world firsts.

“I’m proud that I will be taking this new step in my career under the colours of Voxan and Venturi, with whom I’ve already started work.

“The engineers and designers from the R&D department are driven by an extremely motivating sense of determination.

“Breaking through the 330 km/h mark together with this machine “Made in Monaco” will provide even more evidence of the group’s expertise in this field.”

Venturi already has several achievements to its name as part of its Global Challenges program, including land speed records with the Buckeye Bullet and the longest distance covered by an electric vehicle without assistance.

Its Antarctica machine is the first electric polar exploration vehicle capable of operating in temperatures as low as -50°C (-58°F).

“I’ve known Max for 15 years, and we share the same values and passions,” commented Venturi President Gildo Pastor.

“Today sees us reunited on a project close to both our hearts, and one which brings us a little closer together. It’s an honour to entrust the Voxan Wattman to a rider who has made his mark on the history of motorcycle racing.

“To take part in this ambitious adventure and, perhaps, write the names of Venturi and Voxan in the annals of history, it just had to be Max!

“Reaching 330 km/h represents a huge challenge for a motorcycle in this category, but I am very confident. My faith in high-performance electromobility has not wavered in 20 years!”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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