Electric motorcycles have been around for quite a number of years now, and have undoubtedly proven their worth as far as environmental sustainability and ease of use is concerned. However, one area in particular where electric motorcycles have the potential to revolutionize would be motorsports. Indeed, the times have shifted to integrate electric motorcycles into mainstream racing. For instance, MotoE, launched in 2019, serves as the MotoGP’s counterpart for electric motorcycles. Circuit racing aside, electric bikes are bestowed with instant power delivery and ease of use, which give these machines a strong potential to revolutionize the world of drag racing.
This is exactly what Harley-Davidson seeks to do in their latest production dubbed “Science Of Speed.” Featuring the company’s first high performance electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, the production features some notable personalities from the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/ Vance & Hines drag racing team. The 10-time championship team consists of racers Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines, and Angelle Sampey — and the team will be sharing valuable insights on the inner workings of motorcycle drag racing.
Of course, the highlight of “Science of Speed” will be none other than the Harley-Davidson LiveWire, and the potential it has to transform the world of drag racing. The production will feature the LiveWire being pitted against a 2020 Harley-Davidson FXDR, wherein the former’s instant power and torque delivery is expected to give a glimpse into just how fast drag racing machines can be. This is attested by Angelle Sampey’s recent record setting runs in September, wherein the three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion broke the record for elapsed time and top speed by an electric-powered production bike. Of course, she achieved this feat aboard the LiveWire on a drag racing course. For the record, Sampey smashed the quarter mile record, crossing the line in just 11.156 seconds, at a speed of 110.35 mph (178 kph).
The LiveWire is arguably one of the most innovative motorcycles in Harley-Davidson’s fleet. Capable of rapid acceleration with a simple twist of the throttle, the LiveWire can propel itself from 0 to 100 kph in just 3 seconds, thanks to its instant power and torque delivery. On top of its stellar performance, the LiveWire has a claimed range of 234 kilometers on a single charge, making it both a thrilling and efficient machine.