1901 Riker Torpedo Race Car

Summary

Andrew Riker, an early believer in the electric car, designed this battery-powered racer in 1901. He raced it at Coney Island, New York, that November and, at 57.1 miles per hour, set a world speed record for electric cars. It was a triumph for electricity, but Riker soon lost faith. He joined Locomobile the next year and started designing gasoline-powered automobiles.

Andrew Riker, an early believer in the electric car, designed this battery-powered racer in 1901. He raced it at Coney Island, New York, that November and, at 57.1 miles per hour, set a world speed record for electric cars. It was a triumph for electricity, but Riker soon lost faith. He joined Locomobile the next year and started designing gasoline-powered automobiles.

Artifact

Racing car

Date Made

1901

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

30.328.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Andrew L. Riker.

Material

Metal
Steel (Alloy)
Rubber (Material)
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 35 in

Width: 55.5 in

Length: 127 in

Inscriptions

Rear hubs marked: RIKER ELECTRIC VEHICLE CO. Front hubs marked: RIKER MOTOR VEHICLE CO. U.S.A. ELIZABETHPORT, N.J. Plates on each motor marked: RIKER MOTOR VEHICLE CO. / ELIZABETHPORT, N.J. U.S.A. / (Patents from June 5, 1888 to Oct. 28, 1898 / OTHER PATENTS PENDING

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