On the weekend of 24th to 25th February 2023, the RGNT Aurora made history when it shattered the current World Speed Record on ice with an electric motorcycle. RGNT-engineer Timmy Eriksson’s successful attempt to break the record was made during the SMA Svenska Motorsport Alliansen Speed Weekend in Årsunda, Sweden. Since their 2019 founding, this accomplishment marks an impressive milestone for RGNT Motorcycles.
To achieve this feat, the brand had chosen a frozen lake in their homeland as the stage for their ambitious world record attempts. On the weekend of 24th to 25th February, they were able to set 3 new records: fastest electric motorcycle on ice (155.14 km/h), fastest electric A1 motorcycle on ice (135.03 km/h) and fastest electric motorcycle production model on ice (114.3 km/h).
The ambitious RGNT Ice Racer project, named Aurora, was initiated by a small group of passionate RGNT employees, staying up late into the evening and dedicating their weekends to the cause. The team wanted the bike to not only perform to its highest potential but also exude a sense of style and power. As the magnitude and ambition level of the project grew, it became backed up by the entire 40-employee company.
From the meticulous design process and thorough R&D to production and from engineering to marketing; setting this World Speed Record on Ice was a joint effort of the entire company, supported by sponsors and partners like Hedon helmets, Petrol Industries, Etteplan, Qt Group, NIRA Dynamics, Sigma, Jjuan brake systems and HERE Technologies.
The record-setting motorcycle is an A1-certified RGNT No. 1 Classic SE production model, modified in several ways to maximize power output. The software and power output of the drivetrain has been unlocked, resulting in a sleek EV racer with a peak power of close to 30 kW (standard 21 kW). Based on several concept studies for a future RGNT racer model, a full aerodynamic lightweight fairing has been designed and built in-house, with an HMI race screen. The race-ready bike weighs just under 160 kg and rolls on spike-studded tires – ready to take on any icy terrain.
Aurora is a mystical and romantic name that means “dawn” in Latin. An aurora also refers to a natural light display in the Earth’s sky called the Aurora Borealis, or polar lights – an ethereal display visible only in high-latitude regions like the North and South Poles. It was an apt name for this daring project that sought to push boundaries and achieve the incredible.
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