TTxGP: world's first e-bike grand prix race report
Went the day well?
Leccy Tech The inaugural zero-emission motorcycles grand prix – the TTxGP - finished last week with more than its fair share the drama, excitement and breakdowns.
As with any new form of motor sport, the rate of attrition was high with only nine of the 20 bikes due to start race making it to the chequered flag.
Pre-prang: eRockit's bike practicing pre-race
The German eRockit bike never recovered from a seized motor on Tuesday that sent its rider, David Madsen-Mygdal, sliding down the road bruising his hip and damaging his crash helmet. Following the crash, Madsen-Mydgal confessed that he would be uncomfortable riding the six-speed clutchless machine even if the team could repair it in time.
“I was going fairly well and it was pretty good fun to ride," he told Register Hardware. "I’m just glad it locked up in a straight line."
Meanwhile, Evo Design's bike suffered from consistent problems with its electronic control unit which the team failed to solve in time to qualify for Friday's race. Persistent technical problems also prevented the Peace e-rider bike from starting.
Of the 13 e-bikes that did manage to start, four suffered terminal technical problems during the race, including James McBride on the ManTTX machine, who retired at Glenn Duff; the second Brammo machine ridden by Roy Richardson, which melted its engine at the 11 mile; and the Team MotoCzysz bike ridden by Mark Miller, which suffered a catastrophic failure of all three of its electric motors in a shower of sparks before even reaching the first checkpoint.
Burn out: MotoCzysz' three engines went up in smoke
The US-based Brammo team said they had deliberately push up the performance of Richardson's bike to see how it would stand up compared to their second bike, ridden by Mark Buckley, who eventually came home third in class.
@The historical perspective
You've saved me a lot of words. I really think as a practical transport mode or an enviromental move electric is a hell of a long way off of being useful, but to me this race sounds a complete success.
And lets face it, quite a few races that have been going for years still have majors numbers of cars fail....
As for the guy that thinks creating renewable's can only be created by burning fosil fuels...
Well yes you are right but how about the renewables after that, or after that?
I'm sure if everyone spent as much time thinking of solutions to renewable problems as they did slagging them off we'd have so much eco power they'd have to phase out energy saving lightbulbs in favour of energy eating ones.
The historical perspective
"It's worth pointing out that the 50cc TT record average lap speed of 85.66mph was set in 1966 - 43 years ago."
And the TT was first run in 1907.
So the 1st generation electric race bike is *59* years ahead of the 1st generation internal combustion.
Yes, they were able to take advantage of the improvements in materials, suspension, structures, etc.
But the *core* combination of battery + motor on the top performer of this 1st generation design
is 59 years ahead of the 1st gen petrol equivalent.
Any technology which starts with 102 years of continuous improvement will take a *lot* of catching up to.
Jumping 59 years in 1 season sounds a pretty good start.
If the rate of progress halves for next season that would put them at 1988. This would be good for 2 seasons work. The chances of that happening in real life have to be pretty remote but *maybe* not impossible.
I hope there is a 2010 electric TT as it should be quite a sight.
A lot of motor failures
What I'd love to see is a breakdown* of the make/model of the parts that failed.
There were a lot of motor failures, but was that due to a specifically unreliable motor, or poor motor design in general? Or was it lack of ventilation, or...?