Rain stops play for the Velocifero 200hp scooter speed record attempt

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Due the adverse weather conditions, Velocifero has postponed the “Word Record Challenge” of their 200hp prototype electric scooter, scheduled at Monza tomorrow, Friday, 30 June.

“We are really sorry to have to reschedule the event, but the rain and storms forecast for tomorrow do not allow us to face the challenge,” said Alessandro Tartarini, patron of Velocifero and the man tasked with riding the super scooter.

The Met Office indicate rain all day at the famous track with a 60% likelihood at the start time of 10am GMT, then increasing throughout the day. The event has been rescheduled for September 29.

Velocifero take electric scooters to the next level with 200hp speed record machine

First published 26 June by Stuart Prestidge

The 200hp Velocifero electric scooter

The son of a former professional Ducati and Benelli racer will attempt to emulate his father’s 1969 Speed Record attempts at Monza by riding the prototype Velocifero 200hp electric scooter in a quest for his own speed records.

Alexander Tartarini will ride his electric prototype at the famous track on Friday, June 30 – 54 years after his dad, Leopoldo Tartarini, tried to break some World Speed Records of his own with a three-wheeled cycle car, powered by a liquid-cooled CZ 250 engine.

Alexander, creator of the Velocifero brand has, to various degrees, mirrored his father’s own journey through the motorcycle industry.

Italjet Dragster

Leopoldo was involved in a serious crash during the Motogiro d’Italia while riding for Ducati, which nearly resulted in paralysis of both legs. After a long recovery he walked and would ride again but was unable to pass the strict racing health checks, ending his career.

So, he decided to ride around the world on a Ducati as a promotional exercise, along with his friend Giorgio Monetti. That ground-breaking trip, in turn, led Leopoldo to become a manufacturer himself. He founded the firm Italammezeta in 1960—which eventually went on to become the unorthodox Italjet brand, maker of the Dragster scooter.

Now his son’s Velocifero scooter will take to the track under the watchful eye of Italian Motorcycle Federation timekeepers who will keep track of top speed, flying kilometre top speed and zero to 62mph acceleration.

Italjet Dragster

Alexander said: “I’m preparing myself physically and mentally to tackle this Record in the best possible way, and I’m proud to replicate, with an extraordinarily powerful electric Velocifero prototype, an initiative similar to the one my father carried out in 1969 on the same Monza circuit. A special thanks goes to the sponsors Rydbatt, Jinyuxing and Kangni who have contributed to the realization of this Challenge.”

He added: “With this challenge we kick off a packed program of events that will see our vehicles put themselves to the test on the track and on the road.”

The event will be livestreamed on the Velocifero website from 10am UK time.