And it might just do it.
Most of us will be able to remember the days when the fastest electric vehicle on four wheels was the golf cart at your local golf course. These days electric cars are quickly catching up and in some cases surpassing gas-powered vehicles in terms of performance and range. The Rimac Nevera, recently set an unofficial world record for the fastest accelerating production car in the world over a quarter-mile, beating the Bugatti Chiron by a comfortable 0.8 seconds. And the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 became the fastest EV over the quarter-mile earlier this week with a time in the low eight-second bracket. Now White Motorcycle Concepts CEO Rob White plans to break the electric land speed record, on two wheels.
White plans on breaking the current record, set by Voxan Wattman at 254 mph on his built-for-purpose WMC250EV superbike. The bike should be able to exceed 250 mph 'in theory' and he plans on using the machine as an exhibition piece for a line of road-going scooters and bikes he plans to produce in the near future.
The WMC250EV has a couple of special features that should see it flying past the current record: firstly its specially developed aerodynamic body flows air 70 percent better than market leaders, and features an all-carbon body, reducing weight by a significant margin. The bike is powered by four Hacker synchronous electric motors producing approximately 135 horsepower. Power is provided by a 15-kWh battery, and power is put to the ground by a Multimatic DSSV suspension system.
"If you want to demonstrate to the rest of the world that you've just invented a new aerodynamic concept that means you can go faster for a given power, the best thing to do is go as fast you can," says White. "That's why we created the WMC250EV high-speed demonstrator, the most radical version of this concept, to challenge for the world land speed record. It is electric, as that is the pre-eminent zero-emissions power source at the moment, but as the aerodynamic concept provides efficiency benefit, it could just as easily be hydrogen or any other future power source," he concludes.