Green motorbike sets UK record

An electric motorcycle has set a new UK record at the Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire, home of European FIA Drag Racing.

The bike won the standing start quarter-mile run in the Alternative Energy Racing event with a time of 14.1245 seconds, beating the previous record of 14.99 seconds.

The rider, racer Rob Moon, reached speeds of 96.5 mph in the race – another record.

The motorcycle was designed by Sussex designer Phil Edwards.

He said: “I am delighted to have broken the record, meeting the target I set myself a year ago.

“I have learned a huge amount in the process and look forward to pressing on with other projects which revolve around harnessing the raw power we created in the dragster.”

Mr Edwards is now planning to bring a new electric recreational motorcycle to market. His company, Weald EVT is also working on an electric speedway bike and an electric track bike.

Rider Rob Moon is going on to compete for Team Agni in the TTXGP European Championship, the first clean emissions Grand Prix, racing his own privately developed Yamaha R1 machine.

Alison Brown

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