• Jun 9th 2010 at 7:02PM
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TT Zero practice laps – Click above to watch video after the jump

The Snaefell Mountain Course is again abuzz with the sound of electric motorcycles as six riders have been running practice laps in preparation of the main TT Zero event now set for Thursday. Last years TTXGP-winning Team Agni are back with a new machine but, aside from askance glances at the dustbin-style fairing they're using, the spotlight has been stolen by the team whose entry last year seemed revolutionary but never crossed the finish line. MotoCzysz it returned to the Isle of Man with a re-engineered E1PC that is so slick, strong and fast it seems to point to the future of performance electric motorcycles.

It now has a single 75 kW (100 horsepower) liquid-cooled DC IPM (internal permanent magnet) motor capable of 250 pound feet of torque that is 93 per cent efficient under continuous heavy load. Like last year, the batteries are swappable but they've been re-shaped and re-designed so that they can be switched in seconds without any extra plugging in of wires. In fact, there are only two wires on the whole bike and both of them are less than a foot long.

While the proof of the super-bike pudding is in the racing, practice times indicate that Michael Czysz will likely enjoy a delicious creamy dessert in the near future. Perhaps with a cherry on top. (What? You don't put cherries on your pudding? Heathens!) With Mark Miller again gripping the handle bars, the E1PC made its way around the course faster than any of its peers previously has. The Sulby Speed Trap it hit 131.1 miles per hour and finished the lap in 23 minutes, 54.84 seconds. That's about two minutes faster than last year's race winner. There is some speculation they may even claim the £10,000 prize on offer for the first electric to average over 100 mph over the 37.73 mile circuit. While we can't say whether or not that will happen, we can speculate that MotoCzysz might be getting some interest in their $42,500 machine in the near future. Hit the jump for a look at it and the other competitors as they pass through the Ramsey Hairpin during practice.

[Source: TT Zero / Asphalt & Rubber ]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Racing improves the breed!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Buggers, loverly bit o kit to be sure of...sure wish that both this page as well as Michael's site had anything resembling a decent spec of the scoot! Have been on about finding a used Desmodecci RR but this is better still for the futurerama of it all...

      so c'mon Michael, give us a bit of spec already (if not some proper vids with all the market sparkle)!
      • 5 Years Ago
      23.9 minutes, a long way from record holder at about 17.3 minutes. I wonder how much the motor weighs, Tesla's motor is about 240 hp and weighs 70 lbs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Asphalt & Rubber says the Motocysyz motor is 77lbs/35kg, though that sounds a little heavy considering its small size.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe that includes the controller. Anything over 2 hp/lb would be considered high performance. AFIK Tesla has the highest of anybody's by a significant margin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now THATS a headline. Give those ESL kids some phonetics to chew on!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad they added an awful soundtrack (instead of the actual EV noise) and slowed down the video to the point of falling asleep.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. I'm really excited to see how this add develops, but that video just sucks.

        Hearing each bike woosh and whir around the corner would be really cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Think about the leap in lap times in a single year. They are about 6.5 minutes per lap off the record pace (if you look at practice times) and that's down 2.5 minutes in one year. That's amazing. I don't think it will be too many years before you see both engines on the track fighting for the overall. That MotoCzysz bike is absolutely stunning!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait for an electric to come close to the ICE times, would love to see john mac ride one of these in a few years.
      I was there with aim racing a few years ago when they got the fastest average speed with john macguiness