Harley-Davidson LiveWire sets new record for EV motorcycle drag racing

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An exciting bit of news for all those looking to the future with hope. Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire all-electric motorcycle has set all-new records for elapsed time and top speed by an electric-powered production motorcycle on a drag racing course on September 4. Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle rider and three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, Angelle Sampey, piloted the LiveWire bike to capture world record-breaking runs on the quarter and eighth-mile, covering the eighth-mile distance in 7.017-seconds and the full quarter-mile course in just 11.156 seconds at 110.35mph. The 2020 LiveWire motorcycle’s top speed is limited to 110mph.

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Sampey and her teammates, Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec, made a number of head-to-head drag race runs on stock LiveWire models, with Sampey posting the quickest times. Sampey is the winningest female in motorsports history with three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle championships (2000-2002) and 43 Pro Stock motorcycle wins.

As Sampey demonstrated, there’s a considerable amount of instant torque provided by the H-D Revelation powertrain; the LiveWire motorcycle can rush from 0 to 100kmph in just three seconds and 100 to 129kmph in 1.9 seconds. The claimed range for LiveWire stands at 146 miles (235 kilometres, approximately).