"My hobbies are fast cars and fast women," Cruiser famously said in Bill Murray's 1981 hit comedy "Stripes." Well, Cruiser, one out of two ain't bad.
Last week, Eva Håkansson, who's been hard at work building her KillaJoule high-speed electric motorcycle for the past couple of years, set the world land speed record for an electric-powered sidecar-inclusive motorcycle.
The University of Denver graduate student in engineering roared to 216.5 miles per hour at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats and averaged 191.5 mph over a one-mile stretch. For you math geeks, that's fast enough to cover a mile (and knock out a bunch of bugs) in a tidy 18.8 seconds. And she's got the video to prove it.
The 250-horsepower three-wheeled electric motorcycle uses a battery pack made by A123 Systems.The KillaJoule was just 2.5 mph short of the world-record 219 mph reached by an internal-combustion-engine sidecar motorcycle. Håkansson also set a Pikes Peak hillclimb speed record with her ElectroCat in 2010.
Check out her Killajoule video below, and enjoy the ride.