Feeds

Road-legal 125mph prototype electric superbike demo'd

Range limited

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

'Leccy Tech An electric motorbike capable of a 125mph top speed has made its debut.

Designed and built by British engineers, the TTX01 was commissioned by the organisers of the world's first emissions-free grand Prix for motorbikes, the TTX GP, which will be held on the Isle of Man's TT circuit on 12 June 2009.

e-bike

TTX GP's 'leccy racer: goes like the proverbial of a shovel

The bike shown last week at the NEC Bike Show in Birmingham is a road-legal prototype based on a Suzuki GSX750 frame. The production version is due in later next year and will come with a price tag of around £20,000.

The prototype is powered by two 11kg 32kW electric motors attached to the rear wheel and is said to make the 0-60 dash in 3.5 seconds though a full charge of its 75kg battery pack is currently only good for a 50-mile range if ridden cautiously. Cruise at 100mph and that distance drops to 30 miles.

e-bike

Ride cautiously to extend to the range

Plugged into a 13A socket, the battery pack can be fully charged in 1.5 hours, the makers claim. If you have 32A supply to hand, that time drops to 35 minutes.

The production version will presumably have a rather more ambitious range as well as a top speed of more than 150mph, a carbon composite chassis, hot-swappable battery packs, regenerative braking and possibly a driven front wheel. It'll need all those if it's to successfully command the 20 grand superbike price tag.

After completing tests in December, the TTX01 will begin a European tour through Portugal, France, Germany and Italy before coming back to the Isle of Man in time for the zero-emission TT race in June. Though over 50 teams are already registered to compete in the race the TTX01 will not be amongst the machines competing.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water
The current state of the art, apparently
China to test recoverable moon orbiter
I'll have some rocks and a moon cheese pizza please, home delivery
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot brain surgery a total success
LOHAN slips into some sexy bespoke mission parameters
Another step forward for diamond-based quantum computers
Square cut or pear-shaped, these qubits don't lose their shape
LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms
Is that an ARMADILLO in your PANTS or are you just pleased to see me?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.