Max Biaggi Sets A New Land Speed Record Of 254mph (408km/h), On The Voxan Wattman Motorcycle, With 9 Other Records Smashed

The Italian set the new world record on a Voxan Wattman by Venturi while breaking several other records for both semi-streamlined and non-streamlined.

Voxan Wattman
Electric motorcycle

The event took place in Châteauroux airfield in France, on 30th and 31st of October and 1st of November. The Wattman team has set out for the land speed record for a while now, unveiling their development and purpose back in July. This amazing motorcycle carries an incredible 317kW (425 HP) pushing it to the forefront of record setting electric motorcycles.

The rider and team expressed their excitement and happiness from achieving what they have set out to do, and actually over achieving with some uncontested new records too. A grand total of 11 records set by the proud rider Max Biaggi.

When Gildo Pastor, the President of the Venturi Group, approached me about this project, I was curious, very motivated, and at the same time a little uncertain. Having said that, right after our first meeting, I quickly realised that, like Gildo, his teams were driven by an incredible belief and determination. They told me “we came close to 600 km/h (373 mph) on four wheels, and now we want to flirt with 400 km/h (249 mph) on two wheels, nothing’s going to stop us!” These records make me a happy man! I’m proud of the team and delighted to bring these titles back to Monaco!

Max Biaggi, rider of the Voxan Wattman
Voxan Wattman
Electric motorcycle
Max Biaggi on the Wattman –Image by Venturi

The Wattman comes in fully streamlined, partly streamlined and standard/ naked and has set records for these categories, wracking a phenomenal 9 records on top of their well sought after Land Speed record. First, it was the “partially streamlined electric motorcycle over 300 kg” record.

366.94 KM/H (228.05 MPH) FOR THE SEMI-STREAMLINER WATTMAN

On the morning of Saturday 31 October, Max Biaggi and the Voxan Wattman achieved their primary objective, beating the most sought-after of the twelve world records they had been targeting this weekend. With a speed of 366.94 km/h (228.05 mph), the team set a new record in the prestigious “partially streamlined electric motorcycle over 300 kilos” class. In doing so, they dethroned previous holders Ryuji Tsuruta and Mobitec EV-02A with their speed of 329 km/h (204 mph).

Voxan Venturi

On Friday 30 October, a non-streamlined Voxan Wattman took on the attempt for a distance of 1 mile, from a flying start. The principle was identical: 1 mile in opposite directions, within a period of two hours. The final speed was the average of the two speeds recorded over these two runs: 349.38 km/h (217.14 mph).

349.38 KM/H (217.14 MPH) FOR THE NON-STREAMLINED WATTMAN

But if that isn’t enough, the Voxman Wattman continued on to break several other records, and set some uncontested new records as well.

NINE OTHER RECORDS

Gildo Pastor’s team had a number of other world records in their sights. After these three days of attempts, the final record tally is as follows:

– ¼ mile, flying start, partially streamlined:           394.45 km/h (245.10 mph)– no previous record

– ¼ mile, flying start, non-streamlined:                 357.19 km/h (221.95 mph) – no previous record

– 1 km, flying start, partially streamlined:              386.35 km/h (240.07 mph – previous record: 329.31 km/h (204.62 mph)

– ¼ mile, standing start, non-streamlined:            126.20 km/h (78.42 mph) – no previous record

– ¼ mile, standing start, partially streamlined:      127.30 km/h (79.10 mph)– previous record: 87.16 km/h (54.16 mph)

– 1 km, standing start, non-streamlined:               185.56 km/h (115.30 mph) – no previous record

– 1 km, standing start, partially streamlined:         191.84 km/h (119.20 mph)– previous record: 122.48 km/h (76.11 mph)

– 1 mile, standing start, non-streamlined:             222.82 km/h (138.45 mph)–no previous record

– 1 mile, standing start, partially streamlined:       225.01 km/h (139.81 mph) – no previous record

It was important to me to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Venturi Group’s electric adventure. Given the health situation, it hasn’t been easy, but thanks to the hard work and mentality shown by Max and my teams, we proved ourselves up to the challenge. Twenty years after buying Venturi, I am delighted that the Group can now claim to have created the fastest ever electric vehicles on two and four wheels (Venturi VBB-3, FIA record: 549 km/h – 341 mph), but also in the four-wheel fuel cell category (Venturi VBB-2, FIA record: 487 km/h – 303 mph). On each project, we have worked openly with major companies to share with them our expertise in the field of ground-breaking technologies, and in doing so contributed to improving ecomobility. That modest contribution reflects my commitment to ensuring we are fully line with the values of the Principality in terms of sustainable development. So I am sharing these records with my country, Monaco.

Gildo Pastor, President of Venturi

Via: Venturi, Voxan

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