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May 14, 2019,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

Electric motorbikes: Venturi and Max Biaggi set for world speed record attempt

The Voxan is soon to be revived by car manufacturer Venturi for an electric motorbike world speed record attempt. An enhanced model capable of topping 330 km/h will be ridden by Italian legend Max Biaggi in the summer of 2020.


Venturi has its sights set on the electric motorbike world speed record, as reported by the website Futura-Sciences. The Monaco-based manufacturer is hoping to break the 300 km/h barrier when it goes for the record at Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia in the summer of 2020, with an extensively modified Voxan Wattman being its vehicle of choice. 


Biaggi ready for the challenge


The current record of 327.608 km/h was set by Jim Hoogerhyde on an electric Lightning SB220 in 2013. In its attempt to break it, Venturi is calling on the expert services of Italian rider Max Biaggi, its brand ambassador since 2018. The winner of four consecutive 250cc world titles between 1994 and 1997, Biaggi also claimed the World Superbike Championship title in 2010 and 2012. 


Second chance for the Voxan?


Unveiled at the 2013 Paris Motorcycle Show, the Voxan Wattman did not prove a commercial success. Forced to withdraw it from sale in 2015, Venturi, the latest owner of the brand, has now revived it for its world speed record attempt.

The model that will make the trip to Bolivia is a customised version of the production Wattman, which has a top speed of 170 km/h. The future bike will be upgraded by the team that designed the Venturi VFE-05 Formula E car. 


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