We were surprised to hear that French brand Voxan was going to make an attempt on the FIM land speed record for electric motorcycles (specifically the I.A1.B VII +300kg record).
Last we heard, the Voxan brand was being shut down by parent company Venturi, with the company’s electric cruiser model, the Voxan Wattman, classified as dead on arrival.
Now taking that same platform (though the two motorcycles seem to share nearly no components), Voxan has sprung back to life to try and tackle the outright FIM record for partially streamlined two-wheeled electric motorcycles.
To do that, Voxan has enlisted the help of former World Superbike champion Max Biaggi, who is no stranger to setting land speed records on motorcycles.
To get into the record books though, Voxan and Biaggi will have to break the mark set by Ryuji Tsuruta, who hit 204.484 mph (329.085 km/h) on the timed mile at Bonneville on his Mobitec EV-02A machine.
That speed was set almost exactly a year ago, displacing the long-standing record set by Chip Yates in 2011.
Voxan says that it plans to tackle the land speed record challenge on the Salar de Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia, with a run date schedule for July 2021.
It will be interesting to see if Voxan can top the speed set by Lightning Motorcycles, which holds a land speed record of 215.907 mph, set with the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA).