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Electric Motorcycle Breaks 7-Second, 200 MPH Quarter Mile

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In the time it takes you to read this sentence, Larry "Spiderman" McBride set the first 200 mph quarter-mile run on an electric motorcycle.

Crossing the line in 6.94 seconds and at a terminal speed of 201.37 mph, Spiderman and his Lawless Electric Rocket bike have set not only an electric motorcycle record, but an overall electric vehicle record.

The Rocket bike is a joint build project between Lawless Industries and the world-famous Orange County Choppers. It also uses a battery pack built by High Tech Systems.

The numbers are mind-boggling: The battery weighs 250 pounds, and runs at 355 volts, 4,000 amps and 14.2 kWh. The 13-inch GE electric motor develops 1,340 horsepower, more than the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar.

As you can see in the video, the launch only serves to reinforce our view that electric vehicles in motorsports are still hugely exciting. With a vehicle as quiet at idle as the Rocket bike, the huge bang of power and the ripping sound of rubber on asphalt is possibly even more of a shock than when a top fuel dragster launches.

It was clearly no less exciting for the crowd either, who let out a cheer as the numbers appear on the timing screen.

Electric drag racing is only set to get bigger and bigger. If you'd like to know more about the sport, head over to the National Electric Drag Racing Association's website. It's only a matter of time before more competitors break the 200 mph barrier...

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Comments (3)
  1. http://www.hitachi.com/environment/showcase/speco_technique/a-train/index.html and
    http://inhabitat.com/china-unveils-the-worlds-fastest-high-speed-train

    dispute this fastest claim I'm afraid...
     
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  2. Unless their train does 200mph in the space of a quarter mile, then I'm afraid the claim can't be disputed.

    The record above is not for the first 200mph electric vehicle, it's for the first 200mph electric quarter mile...
     
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  3. "...the huge bang of power and the ripping sound of rubber on asphalt is…" awesome.

    It's a good week for fast EVs.
     
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