BEV Motorcycle Record Attempt Sees Return to ‘Dustbin’ Fairings

Six-time world motorcycle champion and former MotoGP ace, Max Biaggi will, turn-back-the-clock when he attempts a BEV motorcycle speed record on a machine sporting a ‘dustbin’ fairing.

The Wattman electric bike Biaggi will use employs a fairing remarkably similar to those fitted to improve aerodynamics on Grand Prix racers of the 1950s. To improve the machines’ ability to slice through the air, the fairings completely encased the front wheel, as does the BEV developed by bike builder Voxan.

However, the fairings were banned after complaints that high winds, as experienced on road circuits such as the Isle of Man TT, could make the machines unstable at high speed. Thankfully, for Biaggi, the land speed attempt will be in a straight line in conditions that should not include cross winds.

His machine has been designed for a world speed record project planned for July 2021 on the Salar de Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia. Voxan Motors, part of the Venturi Group, is partnered in the attempt by telecommunications specialist ROKiT Group which are also title partners of Venturi’s Formula E Team, ROKiT Venturi Racing.

ROKiT group founder, Jonathan Kendrick, said: “When Venturi President Gildo Pastor showed us the Voxan Wattman and talked me through the world speed record attempt we were very impressed by his vision, ambition and the commitment of his team in creating the technology involved. To have our ROKiT red livery on such a unique piece of electric engineering reflects our ethos as a group of companies and is a real honor. Gildo is a true pioneer and we are delighted to partner with him and Voxan Motors on what we hope will be a highly successful and ground-breaking record attempt.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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