This Wild Electric Motorcycle Is Speeding Towards Its First Record Attempt



Britain’s White Motorcycle Concepts has completed the first trials of its upcoming WMC250EV, an electric motorcycle that is being specifically designed to take on land speed records and defy industry conventions.

The bike, ridden by company founder Rob White at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, has completed its comprehensive full system pass off and, from here, the team will move on to its next testing phase that includes higher-speed runs.

The motorcycle seen here has a low voltage system and an electric motor capable of generating 100 kW (134 hp/135 PS). In its final trim, with an 800v power system, the team expects the bike to be capable of generating more than 250 kW (335 hp/340 PS).

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That, the team reckons, should be good enough to get the finished item all the way up to more than 250 mph (402 km/h). The way it plans to deliver its power, though, is intriguing. Rather than powering the rear wheel, as is usual in motorcycles, White Motorcycles Concept has opted for two-wheel drive, with two electric motors at the front hub and two at the rear.

This latest round of testing, however, was less about the drivetrain and more focused on testing the bike’s aerodynamics. The team has opted for an ultra-low drag V-Air design concept, which funnels a large duct through the middle of the bike, forcing air through it.

The team estimates that this will reduce aero resistance by up to 70 percent when compared to a conventional motorcycle and much of the data collected at the initial tests was to correlate computational fluid dynamics data for the bike.

“We are delighted with the progress made so far with the WMC250EV,” said White. “We were encouraged by the great reception the launch of the bike received in June, and the high level of interest that the project has gained subsequently. This is a completely bespoke motorcycle, so for it to run cleanly straight out of the box is fantastic.

White Motorcycle Concepts expects to be done testing next year and is planning to be ready for a British speed record attempt in early 2022 as well as a higher speed run at Bolivia‘s Salar de Uyuni salt flats next summer.

From there, it plans to build road-going versions for customers, which will incorporate much of the technology seen in the high-speed test bike. Further details on this will be announced in October.

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