"Killacycle" Heats Up The Pavement
We mentioned the Killacycle, a hot new custom electric motorcycle, back in April, after encountering it on another blog. Here's an update based on newspaper coverage: an indication that rad green tech is catching on. "As Scotty Pollacheck, a 38-year-old pro racer from Medford, Ore., heated the KillaCycle's tires on the track before he ran, he disappeared in an acrid, white cloud of scalded rubber. The bike sounded like a blender crushing ice, and it shot from the starting gate like a bullet fired without a bang. The track's fence birds hooted their approval."
"While it was the fastest bike at Bandimere on Saturday, the KillaCycle is not the fastest of all. The electric bike at 8.16 seconds and 157 mph on the quarter-mile stretch is just 2 seconds from all-time record set by a motorcycle running on nitromethane. A123 Systems will soon release a battery pack that doubles the KillaCycle's horsepower, Dubé said, putting that record within reach."Here's a shot of the internals while "in the pits".
"The battery pack is powered by 990 A123 Systems lithium ion cells, each about the size of a roll of Lifesavers, that provide 374 volts and give the bike 350 horsepower."
"The drive system includes two modified 6.7-inch Model L-91 Advanced DC motors that pull a direct chain drive to the rear wheel. Each motor can put out 2,000 amps to provide about 2,000 foot-pounds of torque on the back tire."
"The bike uses about 7 cents worth of electricity on a run down a quarter-mile drag strip at speeds up to 157 mph, including 0 to 60 mph in 45 feet and under a second. The bike can be fully recharged in as little as 10 minutes."
Via:: Denver Post, "Electric motorcycle fries gas-fired competitors" Image credits:: Denver Post, and Killacycle website, respectively