Watch As This World-Record Holding All-Electric Trike Hits 236 MPH On The Salt Flats

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on reddit

And you thought Teslas were fast. They don’t hold a candle to this homemade three-wheeled EV.

Swedish engineer Eva Hakansson recently posted a 360-degree video on YouTube of her homemade three-wheel electric vehicle, cleverly named ‘KillaJoule,’ hitting an absolutely palm-sweating 236 miles per hour on the Gairdner Salt Flats in Australia.

A combination of aerodynamics, lightweight construction and a powertrain using lithium nano-phospahte batteries push this trike into the record books.

 

Amazingly, this isn’t KillaJoule’s fastest speed run. It boasts a 270.224-mph top speed. What’s more, it holds the record for fastest sidecar motorcycle at 248.746 mph.

What’s Hakansson’s recipie for such eco-friendly speed? It’s the same as any other Salt Flat racer: lightness and horsepower.

Although KillaJoule has 10 lithium nano-phosphate batteries onboard, it weighs just 1,540 pounds. Despite its light curb weight, its electric motor puts out 500 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque.

To put that into perspective, the Tesla Model S puts out 518 horsepower and weighs 4,769 pounds. Clearly, Hakansson has the power-to-weight advantage. What’s more, KillaJoule is long and lean. It stands only 38 inches tall but measures 19 feet in length.

What’s perhaps most noticeable about the video is that, without a gasoline engine onboard, KillaJoule is virtually silent. So, all you can hear is the juddering, and creaking sounds KillaJoule makes as it pushes through the wind. From the sounds of it, there’s no mistaking that this three-wheeler is homemade.

Hakansson and KillaJoule are constantly making attempts to break speed records. It wouldn’t be surprising if she is able to smash through her 270-mph record again sometime soon.

It would be equally as unsurprising if Elon Musk got jealous and got Tesla into the EV speed record race. Even if he does, Hakansson has a clear head start.


About the Author

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

Close Menu