Madmax Team's Zef Eisenberg smashes electric world speed record

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 24 Sep 2019


Madmax Team rider Zef Eisenberg raced into the record books last weekend (21-22 September 2019), setting four new motorcycle records at the Straightliners ACU/FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) World Speed Records event at Elvington, North Yorkshire on board the Nottingham University Isle of Man TT zero bike.

International multiple ACU Motorbike speed record holder and self-proclaimed ‘Speed Freak’ Zef Eisenberg achieved four FIM World records for an electric motorbike (unfaired), with an 'average kilometre' speed of 185mph (296kph), and peak GPS speeds of 197mph (315kph). He victoriously secured the title for the fastest electric motorbike bike in the world (naked - no fairing).

The four new ACU national category records include: the FIM Flying Kilometre speed of 185.103mph, with best one-way speed of 194.086mph, with GPS peak speeds of 197mph, the FIM Flying Quarter Mile, the FIM Standing Quarter, the FIM Standing Mile and ACU Flying Quarter Mile.

These speed records are particularly poignant to Eisenberg, as it was the bike that his Madmax Team rider, Daley Mathison rode to the last three podium wins at the Isle of Man TT. As part of the University’s Electric Superbike Team, Daley helped the Nottingham University Team to test and engineer the e-bike, providing them with valuable feedback on the bike’s behaviour, enabling them to implement improvements. Tragically Daley was killed this year in the Superbike round at the TT. Eisenberg promised Daley’s wife Natalie Mathison that he would help make Daley’s bike, the worlds’ fastest electric bike in the world, as a tribute to the racer.

Eisenberg said “I have been planning this ACU/FIM record attempt since the Isle of Man TT incident. Daley was a very special rider and member of the MADMAX Team. The record attempts had the full blessing of his wife Natalie. I wore Daley’s special Knee sliders for all the runs and I felt that Daley rode the bike to victory with me. It was my absolute honour to do it in his memory”.

He continued “I can’t explain how happy and emotional this was. The Nottingham University Team of talented PhD students have built and engineered an incredible racing bike under the leadership of Dr Miquel Gimeno-Fabra -- they should all be so proud. I hope these records will help to put electric bikes firmly on the map, as the speeds and technology certainly impressed many of the combustion powered motorbike competitors, especially as the bike was achieving the same top speeds as a Kawasaki H2 – considered the fastest and most powerful production motorbike you can buy today. I feel this is just the beginning of the electric MADness journey for the Madmax Race team”.

The FIM speed records are calculated by time elapsed over a distance, not trap speeds. A world record is based on two successful one-way runs in each direction, within the hour. An FIM world record requires a full international scrutineer team, made up of expert track spotters and senior ACU personnel as part of the record attempts at Elvington.

Zef ‘Max’ Eisenberg is the presenter of ITV4 ‘Speed Freaks’, and holds now holds more than 52 British, World, ACU, FIM and Guinness speed records. In September 2016, he survived ‘Britain’s fastest-ever motorcycle crash’ at 230mph, on a 560bhp Rolls-Royce jet turbine-powered motorcycle. He defied doctors by racing exactly one year after the accident on the anniversary of the crash. In May 2018, he achieved the world’s fastest motorbike on sand ever. In April/May 2019 he became the world’s only person to exceed 200mph on sands with bike and car, as well as hold the flying mile record for both also. Eisenberg races under the ‘Madmax Race Team’, which is renowned for developing and racing the world’s most extreme machines using the best engineers in the industry.

 


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