Blog - in EnglishPosted by Eva Håkansson 16 Dec, 2012 21:47:42 The KillaCycle Racing team wishes all our friends, fans, supporters, fellow racers and wonderful volunteer crew a very happy holiday and a really fast 2013! We also welcoming new supporters that want to make 2013 the fastest year ever in the electric motorcycle history!
I am re-working the artwork on KillaJoule for next year, and you can get YOUR name on the side of the bike! For a donation of $100 or more, your name will be on the KillaJoule - and it will make the bike FASTER!
We are currently upgrading to 300+ MPH land speed tires and a larger battery pack, and shooting for 250+ MPH during next year. There is a great chance that the bike with YOUR name on will be the world's fastest electric motorcycle and the world's fastest sidecar motorcycle of any kind during 2013!
Don't miss this chance - go to www.killagear.com and get your name on KillaJoule TODAY! Best wishes from Eva & Bill
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Blog - in EnglishPosted by Eva Håkansson 07 Nov, 2012 07:20:49 The KillaJoule record from BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at Bonneville is now confirmed by AMA! 191.488 MPH (308.1 km/h) making it the world's fastest electric sidecar motorcycle and the world's 4th fastest electric motorcycle of any kind.
The record is the average of two consecutive runs, done the same day and in a specific order (you can't just pick any two runs in the same day). The record qualifier run was only 169.786 MPH, while the backup run was 213.190 MPH. The average of these two runs is the new record of 191.488 MPH.
The day after these runs, KillaJoule run 216.504 MPH (348.4 km/h) in the flying kilometer and 214.050 MPH in the flying mile, but it wasn't backed up with another run over 200 MPH, so the record is currently below 200 MPH.
KillaJoule is now the world's 4th fastest electric motorcycle of any kind in registered official records, and the world's 2nd fastest in official registered top speeds (meaning
there is a time slip from a sanctioned event)! ;-) It is also the
world's fastest electric sidecar motorcycle, which is has been for the
two years now.
I wanted to send the author Adam Williams a nice note, but it seems like nobody uses normal email anymore... He has Google+, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, LinkedOut, Linked-to-who-knows-what, but no normal email address... If you ever run into Adam Williams, tell him that I liked his article.
The University of Denver engineering graduate student Eva Håkansson topped 216 MPH with her home-built electric motorcycle “KillaJoule” at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at Bonneville Salt Flats last week.
The 250 HP battery-powered motorcycle had a measured top speed of 216.504 MPH and did set a new official world record for electric sidecar motorcycles of 191.488 MPH over the flying mile (pending AMA certification). KillaJoule is currently the world’s fourth fastest electric motorcycle.
In addition to setting a new record, Eva won the “Fastest Sidecar Motorcycle” Prize as well as the very prestigious “Female Rider” Award. The award was created by land speed record holder Erin Hunter in 2006 to acknowledge the accomplishments of the women racers at Bonneville. It recognizes the characteristics of great racers such as competition, comraderie, enthusiasm, dedication, humility, and tenacity.
The KillaJoule competes as a "sidecar motorcycle", which means that it has two wheels in line and one wheel off-set. It drives only on the rear wheel and steers with the front wheel. The very fastest record ever set with an internal combustion engine for this type vehicle is 219 mph. Eva is now very close to exceeding this internal combustion world record using battery power. Last time a battery-powered vehicle set an overall speed record was 1899, when the electric car “La Jamais Contente” was the world’s fastest car at 62 MPH.
The KillaJoule is powered by a 375 volt, 1800 amp, 214 lb. battery pack made from 1210 cordless tool cells manufactured by A123Systems. The powerful permanent magnet AC motor is made by EVO Electric, Ltd. and the 250+ HP inverters are made by Rinehart Motion Systems. In the present configuration, the electric drive package produces 250 HP. Eva Håkansson pilots the KillaJoule and she has fabricated about 80% of the vehicle herself. Construction of this scratch-built motorcycle started 2.5 years ago, so the full potential of the vehicle has not yet been demonstrated.
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Photo: Waiting for start signal for the first run. Photo: Tim Eckert.
Blog - in EnglishPosted by Eva Håkansson 02 Aug, 2012 02:48:23 One of the very best things with living in Denver is that our home track is Bandimere Speedway! The track is at over 1 mile elevation and has the documented stickiest track surface in the world! The first 200 ft of the track is temperature controlled with circulating water under the surface to keep it perfectly sticky. Since electric vehicles don't breath, they are faster here than anywhere else in the world.
The track owners - the Bandimere family - are also absolutely wonderful. They let us test run KillaJoule on the 1/4 mile, despite a vehicle like that has no business on the dragstrip, and has been great supporters of the KillaCycle over the past 10 years.
Since Bandimere are being so great to us, I asked the track owner and CEO John "Sporty" Bandimere III for some stickers to put on KillaJoule. I did not only get stickers in the mail, but also a personal, hand-written "Good luck!" note. Sporty is such a wonderful guy. He doesn't spend his days in a plush corner office overlooking the track. Every time we are there, even if it is just the Wednesday night test and tune, he is down working at the track, inspecting vehicles and selling t-shirts. We couldn't ask for a better home track! (Well, it would be great if Loring was around the corner too, but I guess we can't get everything... ;-) www.bandimere.com and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bandimere-Speedway/58246049388 (make sure to "like")