16 teams to field 24 e-bikes in 'zero-emission' TT race
Some big names among them
'Leccy Tech It turns out that the TTxGP e-bike trial may be worth watching after all. At the official launch of the event, the organiser announced that 24 bikes from 16 teams will be on the start line of the Isle of Man course for the first ever zero-emission TT race on 12 June.
TTxGP racers: from the USA, MotoCzysz
Alongside teams from the UK and the Isle of Man there will be outfits from Italy, the US, India, Germany and Austria while riders will include Mick Grant, seven-times winner of the TT; Dan Kneen, who made history in the 2008 Manx Grand Prix by being the first person ever to win three races in a week; and Maria Costello who holds the record for the faster lap of the TT circuit by a female rider.
From the UK, Imperial College...
Representing the UK will be bikes from Imperial College, Brunel and Kingston Universities, and Evo Design, which will field three machines.
The rest of the field will be made of bikes from Austrian team HTBLAuVA, German teams eRocket – entering two machines - and XXL, Indian teams TORK and Team Agni, Italian's Rondine Racing, and local outfit ManTTx Racing.
...and Kingston University
As you'd expect, the US is turning up mob-handed with teams from Barefoot Racing, Brammo, Mission Motors, KillaCycle, MotoCzysz, Cool World and Electric Motorsport – the last two fielding two bikes apiece – all expected to show up on the grid.
With a large number of the machines only thus far represented by CGI images, we expect some serious midnight oil to be burnt in garages around the world between now and June. ®
"80hp on a bike at the right (6.8sec) moment could make quite a difference."
David is talking about regenerative braking. When you consider that race bikes can pretty much lock up the wheels at will (not that you want to!), all that 6.8 sec of 80hp can do is recharge the battery a trifle. Might get you a few hundred extra yards at race speeds, but that's about it. My guess is that there would be added unsprung weight, which would make it more of a hinderance than a help, at least for racing.
@Danny Thompson, @David Wiernicki
Good lord. An American who doesn't have a 150 mile daily commute and can survive without air conditioning. I'm shocked!
"Hydrogen fuel cell? About as likely as LPG that got absolutely nowhere. "
I'd agree except for 1 thing. The very quick re-filling of an LH2 or LPG tank. I'd recommend looking at Voller (who got Kw size H2 & LPG fuel cells going) but they have ceased trading (http://www.voller-energy.com) and are looking for funding or a buyer, which sort of makes your point.. However most countries have a gas distro network and liquid or (liquefied gas) fuels do carry a lot of energy. Of them all LH2 is the biggest pig to make and store. It's true it *can* be derived by electrolysis of water. Its *very* unlikely to be in commercial use. But the whole stick-a-nozzle-into-a-tank *feels* like the right thing to do to car drivers. Even if the tank is at 5000psi (or -450F for LH2).
Change is inevitable in this area. After it takes place people will say the direction of that change was inevitable as well. Batteries, flywheels, LPG, H2, Methanol, lifetime nuclear battery (not a joke). I doubt it's ever that obvious while it's happening.
80hp on a bike at the right (6.8sec) moment could make quite a difference.
roll on june
All the details on the official site...
This is ground-breaking stuff (the electric bikes, not Mick Grant). I hope it works out.
I wish I could be there for this (and the noisy races too)!