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Get Ready for the 2012 TT Zero Challenge

Get Ready for the 2012 TT Zero Challenge

Eighteen competitors, the highest number of entries since the inaugural race in June 2009, have confirmed their participation in the 2012 SES TT Zero Challenge; all vying to be the first to break the 100mph lap on an electric bike around the world famous Mountain Course

Now in its fourth year the TT Zero emissions race has captured the imagination of universities, corporations and hi-tech institution, and this year is no different with teams from a range of institutions and organisations across the globe lining up on the starting grid.

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Countdown is on for the 2012 SES TT Zero Electric Bike Race

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Get Ready for the The Isle of Man TT

Get Ready for the The Isle of Man TT

This year’s SES TT Zero Challenge, the electric bike challenge run as part of the Isle of Man TT Races meeting, sees the highest number of entries in the event’s four year history, since the first race in 2009. Eighteen competitors have confirmed their entries and will be battling to be the first to exceed 100mph average lap speed for the 37 ¾ mile Mountain Course.

Heading the field will be USA based outfit Team Segway Racing MotoCzysz from Portland, Oregon. The team, run by Michael Czysz, has dominated the last two races with Mark Miller taking the 2010 title and Michael Rutter winning in 2011, beating his team-mate Miller and just missing the 100mph mark. The pair will set off with the number 1 and 2 plates this year and will definitely be the riders to beat.

However they can anticipate serious competition, not least from one of Japan’s leading Motorsport companies Team Mugen. New to the event, the team has secured seventeen-time champion John McGuinness to campaign on their Mugen Shinden machine and he will take the number three plate, which he adopted when achieving the first 130mph lap on a conventional bike in the Centenary TT meeting in 2007

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Highest number of entries for 2012 SES TT Zero Electric Bike Challenge on The Isle of Man

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MotoCzysz wins 2011 TTZERO

MotoCzysz wins 2011 TTZERO

In June, for the third straight year electric motorcycles returned to the TT Week on the Isle of Man, and for the second year running MotoCzysz was the winner in the 2011 TT Zero race.

Their two bikes came in 1st and 2nd, with Rob Spence riding the Ecotricity Kingston Univ TTX bike coming in third place. The winner, Michael Rutter, had an official lap speed of 99.604 miles/hr just shy of the 100 miles/hr challenge from the Isle of Man Government. His team-mate Mark Miller was just behind him with a 98.288 miles/hr lap speed. Of the nine bikes which began todays race, only 5 finished under power, a 6th finished when the rider John Burrows pushed it for a couple miles to the finish line.

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MotoCzysz wins 2011 TTZERO electric motorcycle race on the Isle of Man

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Swigz Planning To Develop and Race Electric Motorcycle

Swigz Planning To Develop and Race Electric Motorcycle

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. November 7, 2009 — SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing announced today that the team will field an entry for American rider Chip Yates to contest the TTXGP US Championship 2010 and also the TTXGP UK Championship 2010 as well as other FIM international and U.S.A. races yet to be announced.

SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing has recently retained a program manager, several engineers and a 3D CAD designer from the helicopter and unmanned aircraft industries who are experienced in lightweight yet powerful electric drivetrains and advanced control systems. Additional staff and consultants will be required when the team plans to begin operations in the U.K. in the second quarter of 2010.

CHIP YATES: “My wife Julie and I are very excited to move part of the team to the U.K. to take on the best and brightest in this exciting race to develop high performance TTXGP superbikes. With Julie’s parents both being British, getting dual citizenship is a simple process that’s already moving forward and we’re also studying shop locations around London as well as tax incentives and available green investment funding before we make the final decision.”

Phase one of the development program is currently underway in the U.S.A. at SWIGZ.COM racing facilities in Orange County, California and will result in a fully functional racebike early in the first quarter of 2010. Phase two is scheduled to take place in the U.K. beginning in the second quarter of 2010 when a portion of the team plans to relocate and create a European base of operations to build duplicate backup bikes and to provide all FIM and ACU race support and logistics functions for TTXGP racing as well as for several wildcard rides in FIM Word Supersport.

As a mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in business, rider Chip Yates is contributing to the development effort and is also keen to protect and leverage the intellectual property arising from the teamâ’s electric drivetrain, kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) and control solutions in order to provide a path for financial return to the program’s “green” investors and stakeholders. Before turning pro, Yates was a Boeing executive in charge of transitioning advanced aerospace technology and patents to other industries such as automotive for racing and OEM applications. He personally holds 7 U.S. patents on automotive drivetrain and other technologies including inventions used in Gil de Ferran’s IndyCar program and on 1999 and newer Jeep Grand Cherokees.

CHIP YATES: “This superbike program requires a much different approach from electric vehicles we’ve seen especially as it relates to weight and range. Our engineering strategy is to optimize the power, weight and range of the bike specifically around target laptimes for the tracks we will be competing on in the U.K., Europe, and in the U.S.A. Given the relatively short race distances, our simulations show us exactly what battery capacity and motor performance is needed to turn laptimes competitive to a 600cc internal combustion powered racebike. We understand and embrace the technical challenges and are prepared to do heavy lifting to advance the state of the art to meet our expectations for a legitimate lightweight and exciting superbike.”

The team is working on an updated Website to be launched soon that will feature regular program news and updates as well as exciting videos from Chip’s testing of the new bike and from his 2009 on-board footage of AMA and FIM World Supersport races at www.chipyates.com

Companies or principals interested in participating in this unique, world level opportunity should contact: racing@swigz.com.

Early Sponsors of Chip’s Electric Superbike Program Include: SWIGZ.COM Dual Hydration System (www.swigz.com), Ohlins USA (www.ohlinsusa.com), and Yoyodyne (www.yoyodyneti.com).

SWIGZ is the world’s first dual hydration sports bottle allowing athletes to carry two drinks of their choice in a single bottle during workouts. SWIGZ sports bottles can be purchased at www.swigz.com. For more details of the SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing team and exciting on-board videos, visit www.chipyates.com and www.youtube.com/chipyates.

TTXGP Official Websites: www.egrandprix.com and www.mavizen.com

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TTXGP Adds Supermoto Class in 2010

TTXGP Adds Supermoto Class in 2010

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Thanks to the successful debut of the TTXGP zero-emissions motorcycle race at the Isle of Man earlier this year, the organizers behind the racing series have decided to go all out in 2010. They are including a Supermoto class, as well as the Pro1 and Pro2 classes already announced.

The new Supermoto class will be run in partnership with the Peveril Motorcycle Club. Peveril, founded in 1923, ran the first organized Supermoto event at the Isle of Man in 2005. The exact details will be finalized in early October.

Source:
Green Autoblog.

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The Tork India Team

The Tork India Team

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The Tork India team, consisting of five engineering students, without a sponsor, earned a third place podium finish in one of the world’s most notorious circuits — that of the Isle of Man Time trials, during the first ever zero emissions TTXGP.

They’re already preparing for next year.

According to the new set of regulations, the Tork India team needs to have a bike that will not only clock over 100 miles an hour but also be able to race on professional circuits for longer time durations. Kapil Shelke, team leader says, “The total budget for the entire race season next year is Rs four crore. We need to have extra packs of batteries, which alone cost more than 50 lakhs. In addition to that we need to develop a new chassis, transmission systems, and upgrade the electronic systems of the bike, which will cost a lot as most of the materials have to be imported from America or from Europe.”

Read the complete article at Express India.

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Electric Motorcycle Racing To Take Center Stage

Electric Motorcycle Racing To Take Center Stage

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Gizmag reported a while ago that plans to establish several electric motorcycle (or ecycle) races world-wide are in the works.

Thanks to the success of the Isle of Man Grand Prix on June 12, which took place in conjunction with the TTXGP, there’s to be a world championship, feeder series in the UK and United States, a UKP10,000 Technical Package for teams, and the likelihood that a complete electric racing bike will be on the market in Q1, 2010 for under $40,000.

TTXGP founder Azhar Hussain was been sanctioned by the FIM (the governing body for motorcycle racing) to create a world championship in 2010.

Hussain is working to create a five-race global series with rounds in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He’s also working on a four-round U.K. National series and a three-round American National series for 2010. A technology starter pack will be available later this year – the UKP 10,000 kit will include an AGNI electric racing motor, race batteries, controllers and all electronics – the team just needs to add their own frame and running gear.

The new championship will be run inside the FIM Road Racing Grand Prix Commission.

To read more, see Gizmag’s article, Electric Motorcycle World, U.S. and U.K. Championships for 2010.

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See the Brammo Enertia in Action

See the Brammo Enertia in Action

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The Brammo electric race bike that participated in the TTXGP during race week at the Isle of Man can be seen running on YouTube. The Brammo bike came in third in the Best Buy Pro class race with an average speed of 75.35 mph.

Electric motorcycles were on display and racing at the Mid-Ohio race track during the AMA Vintage Sports events July 24-26, 2009.

The TTXGP/eGrandPrix electric motorcycle racing series officially launched in the U.S. Seven teams attended the event, four of whom rode a bike on the track. These were exhibition rides rather than official races, however.

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iPhone Everywhere…On An E-cycle

iPhone Everywhere…On An E-cycle

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The MotoCzysz E1pc electric superbike, which uses an iPhone for all its instrumentation, ran in The Isle of Man Time Trials last week.

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The E1pc was a part of the TTXGP, the world’s first zero emissions road race. Enabling it to be a part of the race and a contender are 10 battery packs and three motors. The bike can reach 120 mph in seven or eight seconds.

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Mission One Electric Motorcycle

Mission One Electric Motorcycle

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Their Mission One has a top speed of 150 miles an hour.

“We wanted to make something that could compete head to head a gasoline motorcycle,” said Mission Motors CEO Forrest North.

A lot of people assume gas-powered motorcycles are a greener choice than cars because they use less fuel, but the California Air Resources Board claims that gas-powered motorcycles put out 10 times more pollution than cars.

Mission Motors bike produces no pollution thanks to high capacity batteries.  A rider can get nearly 150 miles on a single charge. (The battery then takes 2 and a half hours to recharge.)

“This is the first motorcycle of its kind that allows you to have all of that performance that you want as a motorcyclist as well as be kind to the environment,” said Mission Motors VP of Engineering Mason Cabot. “The big differences are the delivery of torque – it just comes on at the start – you’ve always got torque available and you are always in the right gear, there’s no shifting.”

The cycle has no clutch and no shifter. The bike does whatever you need automatically.

“When you lose and strip away the sound of the gas motor you suddenly begin to hear the other things – you hear the road – you hear the other drivers on the road,” said Cabot.

Mission motors is taking reservations for the limited edition bike. There will only be 50 Mission One bikes delivered in 2010. A bike costs $69,000.

“We believe that starting with the luxury justifies the technology costs it also allows us to get best technology out there and build the brand and show the world what electric vehicles can do,” said North.

The Mission One participated in the Isle of Man TT race, one of the world’s premier motorcycle races, on June 12, 20o09, in the first no-emissions motorcycle rally ever held.

“Initially our aim is to move down into commuter vehicles something someone could drive to work commute. At a price point they can afford and will save them money in the long run,” said North.

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TTX01 Tested at Zolder Circuit in Belgium

TTX01 Tested at Zolder Circuit in Belgium

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Isle of Man (May 12, 2009) — Istle of Man TTXGP motorcycle green grand prix founder Azhar Hussain Hussain test-rode its e-cycle, the TTX01, at the Zolder circuit in Belgium (an undulating 4.011 km (2.492-mile) track), where pro riders Werner Daemen (in photo) and Didier de Radigues test rode it. Daemen rides for Team BMW Motorrad and Radigues is a four time grand prix winner.

The TTX01 is a prototype of a bike Hussain hopes to start selling in 2010. He took a Suzuki GSX-R750 frame and outfitted it with air-cooled Agni Lynch electric motors and a 4.3 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

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http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/05/electric-bike-lights-up-the-track/

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World’s First E-bike Race TODAY!

World’s First E-bike Race TODAY!

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Isle of Man – The world’s first zero-emissins motorcycle GrandPrix race – the eGrandPrix, will take place today during the Isle of Man TimeTrials. The race, which features 20 e-bikes, will take place on the island’s famous Mountain Course.

Several renowned riders are included in the line-up, including Olie Linsdell – winner of the 2007 Northwest 200 400cc race, and Tom Montano – who previously raced the fastest MV Agusta in the history of the Isle of Man TT races.

Dan Kneen – who by becoming the first person ever to win three races in one week at the made history in the 2008 Manx Grand Prix – is also riding. Paul Owen will also be astride an ebike, as will Isle of Man resident and TT race veteran John Crellin, riding for the India-based TORK team.

The organizer of the eGrandPrix’s – TTXGP, has also announced that some bikes taking part on 12 June will make an appearance in July at the annual American Motorcyclist Association’s Vintage Motorcycle Days festival in Lexington, Ohio.

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Electric Motorcycles Taking Off Faster Than Cars

Electric Motorcycles Taking Off Faster Than Cars

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While much of the green community is focusing its attention on electric cars, the electric motorcycle business is forging ahead with viable models immediately..

A small motorcycle company called Zero Motorcycles recently sold out its entire production run of the X, an electric motocross bike.

Now the company has produced a street-legal version, the S. It’s an ideal commuter bike: silent and with no emissions other than those created to make the electricity needed to charge it up.

It has a maximum range of around 90km and a top speed of around 90kph. Recharge costs are around USD0.60 in its home market. And its 31 horsepower is enough given that the bike weighs the same as 102 bags of sugar – 102kg.

Cheap commuter bikes cost far less, however, the S bike costs almost $10,000 (although you can expect that price to go down in the years ot come, as with all e-technology).

Of course, in cities where electric vehicles are exempt from road pricing and even parking charges, the offset could build up quickly.

The USA is starting to take electric cycles very seriously: Zero hosted a 24 hour off-road marathon for electricity powered vehicles last Saturday.

Mission Motorcycles has announced a high-torque, high power sports bike with a usable range. 225KM range and 225kph top speed – with low-end acceleration that is better than those of gasoline powered cycles..

Xtreme Green has launched a 100kph bike costing USD8,000. And it has announced that it will soon put into production a scooter. With a range of around 150KM, it will be both a useful commuter and even usable as a courier transport..

The FIM, motorcycling’s international governing body, will run an Isle of Man TT event for zero-emmission bikes, called TTXGP, in June this year. The aim, ultimately, is to have electric and petrol bikes racing against each other in open – and competitive – competition.

Austrian bike maker, KTM – often at the forefront of technology – has announced that its electric Enduro bike, in testing since 2008 – will enter full production in 2010. It is a racing bike, however, a one hour charge gives one hour of use. But KTM expect to announce that it will sell for a similar price to its gas-powered cousins.

Prices are set to come down: in December 2008, Honda announced plans to launch an electric bike: but it’s nowhere near the sports or commuter sector: it’s a large cruiser. It will come to market in 2010 – and target big-bike owners – the sector where the product is perhaps less price-sensitive than the smaller bikes.

Lithium batteries are the most popular power storage.

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Brammo Entry Isle of Man Grand Prix

Brammo Entry Isle of Man Grand Prix

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Brian Wismann, team manager for Brammo Inc., created the concept behind the company’s new electric racing motorcycle. Wismann said the bike will have a top speed of at least 100 mph.

In June, representatives from two Ashland electric vehicle companies will travel to the Isle of Man, midway between England and Ireland, to race against each other — and about 20 other competitors.

Brammo Inc. and Barefoot Motors each are developing an electric motorcycle they plan to race in the Time Trials Xtreme Grand Prix, scheduled for June 12. Only clean-emission motorcycles will be allowed to race in the TTXGP, the world’s first carbon-free grand prix.

Brammo engineers are developing a motorcycle based on the company’s Enertia model. Adjustments to the motorcycle’s battery pack, motor and bodywork will allow the new model to go about twice as fast — hitting speeds of at least 100 mph, said Brian Wismann, Brammo’s team manager for the race.

Barefoot Motors, which makes electric all-terrain vehicles, is creating a motorcycle for the race by updating the technology it uses to make its four-wheeled vehicles. The company doesn’t plan to start manufacturing motorcycles, however.

The Isle of Man course, a 37.7-mile route with more than 200 turns, is notoriously dangerous. More than 200 people have died during races or practices on the course since 1911, when it first was used for competition.

Brammo has hired semiprofessional rider Roy Richardson, who has competed on the course before.

Barefoot Motors has hired professional rider Chris Petty, who also has raced on the Isle of Man before. Schless, a licensed American Motorcycle Association rider, has created the company’s bike to be as safe as possible, said Bob Acheson, finance manager for the company.

Both companies will post updates from team members before and after the race on their Web sites, brammo.com and barefootmotors.com.

Although Brammo and Barefoot Motors are practically neighbors, both companies are planning to travel thousands of miles to essentially spy on — and compete against — each other and similar companies.

“This is only one solution to building a bike for this race,” Wismann said. “One of the reasons we’re going is to see what our competitors are up to.”

Since both companies hail from Ashland, the competition between the two will be especially intense, Bieschin said.

Source: Mailtribune

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Organizing the First Zero-Carbon Grand Prix

Organizing the First Zero-Carbon Grand Prix

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England — The law firm Eversheds has been appointed as the sole adviser to the TIXGP, the organiser of the world’s first zero-carbon grand prix, which will take place on the Isle of Man TT circuit in June 2009.

They are advising the TIXGP on all aspects of the race, from a legal standpoint, including sponsorship, staging, merchandising, and broadcast rights.

“There are some complicated IP issues around the use of the TT marks,” poinrted out Phil Sherrell. “There’s ­corporate work to do on investment into the race and the usual licensing stuff such as T-shirts and broadcast rights.”

This carbon-free event at the race is expected to be successful – as the race already has over 20 entrants. The motorcyles in the race can use electric power, fuel cells or non-carbon fuel.

TTXGP is also the manufacturer of the world’s fastest clean energy motorbike, which can reach speeds of 125 miles per hour, called the TTX01. The cycle is powered by two electric motors.

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Time Trials Xtreme Grand Prix – TTXGP

Time Trials Xtreme Grand Prix – TTXGP

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Kingston electric TT bike nears completion

The Isle of Man hosts the most famous road race for motorcycles in the world. Indeed, teams from all over the world compete in Time Trials Grand Prix, or TTXGP as it is known.

The 2009 version, to be held on June 12, is being hailed as the first “zero emissions” Grand Prix. The motorcycles involved will be electric, not gasoline powered.

A team of six final-year students, currently studying for a BEng in Motorcycle Engineering Design at Kingston University (England), are developing their own entry.

The design specification is for a motorcycle that will average 80mph around the 38 mile track. That’s thirty-eight miles with the cycles going at top speeds.

The Kingston group currently are working with a ‘mule’ bike, from which they are evaluating the innovative design solutions and theoretical calculations they’ve made for their offering.

The “fastest woman around the Isle of Man circuit,” Maria Costello has signed up to ride their bike, as she intends to be the one to win this landmark race!

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Mission One Takes on TTXGP

Mission One Takes on TTXGP

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The Isle of Man Time Trials Extreme Grand Prix (TTXGP) will be held on June 12, 2009. (Rules and regulations together with team registration details can be found at www.ttxgp.com) The Grand Prix, a little over 33 miles in length, takes place on public roads. It is the oldest motor-cycle racing circuit still in use.

Among the participants this year is American company Mission Motors. Their Mission One electric motorcycle is claimed to be the fastest on the market, with a top speed of 150mph, a range of 150 miles and a recharge time of only two hours.

The Mission One has a high energy lithium-ion battery pack, adjustable regenerative braking (this recoups energy which otherwise is wasted during deceleration) and a wireless computer link which provides ride data.

Mission Motors hopes that with an excellent performance at the TTXGP, they will be able to sell 50 limited-edition Mission One bikes, with upgraded equipment, for delivery in 2010, followed by 250 lower-spec Mission One bikes, also in 2010.

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