Though car-heavy Bonneville Speed Week was rained out (again) this year, that didn’t stop a number of motorcycle acceleration enthusiasts from going to the Bonneville last week. Among them was Eva Håkansson, an engineering student who set a multitude of speed records with her sidecar electric motorcycle, Killajoule.
Last year Håkansson made news with a 213 MPH run that made her three-wheeled motorcycle among the fastest, but like many speed freaks fast isn’t always fast enough. So Håkansson returned to Bonneville with a new-and-improved Killajoule, her sights set on breaking the all-time sidecar motorcycle record of 224 MPH, set by John Stege.
She did just that, with an official top speed of 241.9 MPH, pending official authorization. If certified, Håkansson can claim to be not just the world’s fastest electric motorcycle and sidecar titles, but also the world’s fastest woman on a motorcycle record. That adds to an already-impressive pedigree that the engineering doctorate student is building up, and around the world undergraduate and graduate students are shoving the march of progress forward with innovative and efficient vehicles forged through the spirit of competition.
Breaking speed records and glass ceilings; that’s what I like to see.