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The KillaCycle is an electrically powered motorcycle purpose-built for drag racing. It was built and is managed by a small motorworks team owned and run by Bill Dubé. For ten years until December 2010 it was the fastest electric motorcycle in the world.[1]

In 2007 it achieved a certain amount of notoriety after a video of its inventor crashing into a minivan while attempting to perform a burn-out was widely circulated on the Internet.[2]

Technical specifications[edit]

  • Weight: 281 kg (619 pounds)
  • Battery pack: Lithium iron phosphate battery pack, made of 990 A123Systems M1 cells, combined voltage of 374 V,[3] weighing 79.4 kg. Energy content 27 megajoule (the energy of 572 ml of gasoline), rechargeable in 10 minutes.
  • Motors: Two Model L-91 6.7-inch DC motors, 2,000 ampere each, switchable between series and parallel connection, giving 2,000 foot-pounds of torque on the back wheel.[3]

Performance figures[edit]

  • Power: 260 kW (350 horsepower)
  • 060 mph: 0.97 seconds, which is more than 2.5 times the gravity acceleration[2]
  • 1/4 mile: 7.89 seconds @ 270.36 km/h (168.00 mph)[1]
  • Top speed: 274 kilometres per hour (170 mph)[4]
  • The bike uses 2.12 megajoules (0.59 kWh), or roughly 7 cents worth of electricity on a run down a quarter-mile drag strip,[3] which is the same amount of energy stored in 65 ml of gasoline.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Record Holders". National Electric Drag Racing Association. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Electric Motorcycle Inventor Crashes at Wired Conference". 
  3. ^ a b c Joey Bunch (2007-09-02). "Electric motorcycle fries gas-fired competitors". Denver Post. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  4. ^ Easton, Paul (29 August 2009). "KillaCycle is a cordless whiz". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  5. ^ AAAS - Center for Science, Technology and Congress

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