Riders line up for world's first e-bike race
Isle of Man awaits eGrandPrix
Leccy Tech The rider line-up for the upcoming eGrandPrix race - the world’s first zero-emissions motorcycle GP – has now been finalised.
Taking place on 12 June during the Isle of Man TT - and on the famous Mountain Course - the competition will feature 20 e-bikes. The total’s just slightly down on the 24 bikes hoped for back in April.
Several notable 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 made history in the 2008 Manx Grand Prix by becoming the first person ever to win three races in one week - will also be present on 12 June. Paul Owen - who you may remember from videogame TT Superbikes Real Road Racing Championship - is also set to race.
Isle of Man resident and TT race veteran John Crellin will also take part, riding for the India-based TORK team.
A video – available online – has also been released showing the race’s German team in preparation.
The eGrandPrix’s organiser – TTXGP, has also announced that somebikes taking part on 12 June will make an appearance next month at the annual American Motorcyclist Association’s Vintage Motorcycle Days festival in Lexington, Ohio- in an effort to spread the message across the pond. ®
Way to miss the point.
The race is not zero emissions as there must be emissions during the lead up to, running and dismantle of it. So why tout it as zero emissions when it cannot possibly be so? That was my point. It's PR bullshit and if people go around saying "I am zero emission as I have this here EV" then they will stop trying to lower their emissions and the situation could actually get worse!
As I also said, I applaud and support the technical endeavour. I am looking forward to this inaugural race too. But I am well aware that it is manifestly NOT zero emissions.
I see. So just because EVs are crap now we shouldn't try? Thank god the Whiteheads, Bairds, Edisons etc of this planet never thought like you do, "Oh look, my flying machine is not as good as a sick sparrow, best give up."
By 1937 motorcycles had had many years of innovation and development.
Paris - as she seems to have more of a clue than you two.
When the Reg first commented on this I asked how slow they would have to go to make the battery last a lap.
Turns out the most optimistic teams think they might manage 90mph.
Hmm 90mph the same as Freddy Frith managed in 1937 and his bike could do more than one lap of the poor quality TT circuit at the time.
Way to go leccy tech matching the performance of a 70 year old Norton on 70 year old road surfaces.
What's the point...
...if you can't pull a wheelie at the finish?
Did notice one of the bikes seemed to visit the pit-lane, presumably for a couple of replacement PP3's tho'. Beats F1 - only £2 to re'fuel'