• Jun 24, 2009
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Following up on the success of the world's first zero-emissions motorcycle race at the Isle of Man earlier this month, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has announced plans to launch a new electric motorcycle racing series in 2010. As part of the Road Racing Grand Prix Commission, the project will be led by Azhar Hussain, organizer and founder of the TTXGP. Says FIM President Vito Ippolito:
I am very happy to with this new Series, the future of the sport depends on our capacity as well as that of the manufacturers to innovate quickly. We are convinced that very shortly the motorcycle World Championships will be accessible to non-polluting engines as far as gas and sound emissions are concerned. Now that this important decision is taken, we have to work on rules and calendar to be ready to compete in 2010.
Details on possible entrants and regulations are scarce at this time, but we'd expect to see a number of competitors from the TTXGP take part in the FIM series, such as Brammo, Mission Motors, Motoczysz, Electric Motorsport and the race-winning team from Agni Motors. Expect more information to filter out following the upcoming eGrandPrix race at Mid Ohio on July 24-26.



[Source: eGrandPrix]

PRESS RELEASE

The FIM creates a new Series for Electric Motorcycles in 2010

Following the success of the TTXGP race held on the Isle of Man on June 12, the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) has decided to create a FIM Series for electric bikes in 2010. This new FIM Series will be run inside the Road Racing Grand Prix Commission, a great and innovative project led by Mr Azhar Hussain a UK Entrepreneur founder of the TTXGP. The FIM Series for electric bikes will provide an international platform for the development of electric bikes and the technology behind them to be tested in an exciting and challenging way. It aims at driving low-carbon technological innovation forward, to demonstrate that clean-emission transport technologies have matured and can be fun, fast and exciting.

FIM President Vito Ippolito
"I am very happy to with this new Series, the future of the sport depends on our capacity as well as that of the manufacturers to innovate quickly. We are convinced that very shortly the motorcycle World Championships will be accessible to non-polluting engines as far as gas and sound emissions are concerned. Now that this important decision is taken, we have to work on rules and calendar to be ready to compete in 2010."

TTXGP Founder Azhar Hussain
"With the success of the TTXGP on the Isle of Man, we have shown that zero carbon technology is ready to deliver the thrills and passion for both spectators and riders. In partnership with the FIM, we are taking the next step and proud to be pushing new frontiers in motorsports technology both on and off the track. Competition improves the breed, so we hope this new championship will come to be seen as a milestone event in bringing new transportation technology to the world beyond motorcycling. We invite the best and the brightest in the world to join the global championship and be with us at the dawn of the next generation of motorsports."


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      • 5 Years Ago
      So do the lap times go up as the race goes on as they lose power and get slower and slower? :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Note how all this development is happening without any government funding (read meddling). The free market works when we let it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oooops! sorry for the double.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "zero-emissions motorcycle race"

      Let's be honest now. Unless the battery pack is being charged 100% off a solar or wind generator source, the electricity is coming from a fossil fuel power plant. That is hardly "zero emissions".

        • 5 Years Ago
        I doubt they can keep the driver emission-free for very long.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uhh you forgot hydroelectric power or nuclear power. Depending on where they hold the races, France is what 70 something percent powered by nuclear power plants now, it could very well be truly zero emissions.



      • 5 Years Ago
      enthusiast... joy of... :p

      seeing will be believing. call me a skeptic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is so cool. Will they run with World Superbike or MotoGP? Will they do hot swaps during races? We'll see.

      http://environmoto.blogspot.com/2009/06/electric-motorcycle-racing-news-fim.html

      When you think about electric motorcycle racing, will the excitement be any less because of the sound? Is the Tour de France (or any other non-motor sport) more or less exciting because of the ability of the crowd to cheer or jeer their favorite rider?
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a rider and Moto racing enthusiasts, I cannot yet imagine a moto racing without the awesome sound and raw smell all produced by internal combustion gasoline engines.

      however, i'd like to experience the joy electric motorcycle and racing... till then i am a bit doubtful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i wonder how they'll do pitstops...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The same way they do them in MotoGP: They just don't.

        Apart from weather-changes and damage, MotoGP doesn't pit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I firmly believe this is what we need to encourage development of electric vehicles. Electric racing leagues.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here they come....ssshhhhh...sshhhhhh.....sshhhhhh
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