• Jun 11th 2010 at 9:56AM
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MotoCzysz E1pc wins the TT Zero – Click above to watch video after the jump

After a day-long weather delay, eight all-electric motorcycles took to the starting grid to compete in the Isle of Man TT Zero yesterday. The game was much the same as last year when TTXGP began what will likely be a longstanding annual affair – one 37.73-mile lap around the Snaefell Mountain Course, no gas.

For the American MotoCzysz team that had put in an impressive performance in practice, it was time to put up or shut up. They damn well put up. Rider Mark Miller didn't allow himself to be baited into a scrap andstuck to a game plan that called for a steady twisting of the throttle. In the end, he finished in the top spot with a time that was a massive two minutes and 51 seconds quicker than last year's winner. The E1pc, which easily looks as good parked as it does in a 140-mile-per-hour blur, averaged 96.820 mph around the famed circuit, just missing a £10,000 ($14,700 USD) prize had it broken the century mark. Miller shrugged off that shortfall with an easygoing, "It's all good, dude" in the post-race interview.

Last year's winner, Rob Barber, who again crouched in the saddle for Agni Racing, also beat his time from last year. The fierce competitor was astride a newly constructed Agni Z1, looking for all the world like a throwback to the '40s with a dustbin fairing mounted in place of a modern cowl. Although happy with the gains achieved by the aerodynamic package, "The Bullet" was obviously frustrated with the result, convinced he could have somehow gotten the best of the MotoCyzsz had there only been a bit more energy in the battery pack. As it was, he just managed to cross the finish line after employing a strategy that had him pushing hard from the get go.

After a long battle with another Agni Z1 piloted by Jenny Tinmouth – who, by the way, had not a mile of seat time before the green flag dropped – third place on the podium was claimed by James McBride on a converted Ducati for Ramsey-based ManTTX Racing. Check out the gallery of the winner below and hit the jump for the official TT Zero report and post-race video interviews as well as a bit of bonus footage of the bikes blasting by.

[Source: TT Zero]


MotoCzysz takes the honours in electric TT Zero race at the 2010 TT

MotoCzysz, from Portland, Oregon, narrowly missed out on recording the first 100mph lap by an electric bike at the Isle of Man TT Races.

Their E1PC machine, ridden by Californian Mark Miller, lapped the iconic mountain course in a time of 23 minutes 22.89 seconds to take the honours in the TT Zero race.

They narrowly missed out on a £10,000 prize that was put up by the Isle of Man Government for the first team to record a 100mph lap.

Defending champions Agni Z1/Agni Racing took an early lead in the race at the first timing checkpoint – Glen Helen with an average speed of 95.212mph. However, by the time the teams reached Ballaugh, MotoCzysz had edged in front, recording 98.973 with Agni Z1 only 5 seconds behind. Agni's second bike (Agni Z2) ridden by Jenny Tinmouth was in third with the local effort, ManTTx and James McBride less than a second behind her in fourth. Chris Palmer (Sert), Shaun Gilbert (Special Zero Emissions), Mark Buckley (Ecolve) and George Spence (Kingston University) made up the rest of the field.

Sulby Speed trap saw three machines clocking over 100mph with MotoCzysz the fastest at 135mph. Manx team ManTTx were the second fastest with 107.200 and Agni's Z1 from Agni Racing third with 104.200.

MotoCyzsz stepped up the pace and by Ramsey had recorded an overall average of 103.978. Rob Barber and Team Agni were also over the 100mph mark with 100.335 with James McBride on ManTTx splitting the Agni bikes with Jenny Tinmouth on Agni's Z2 bike in fourth place.

MotoCzysz had clearly been pacing themselves and by Cronk Ny Mona had extended their lead to over a minute and were still tantalisingly close to the 100mph lap at 99.513.

However the iconic mark was to remain intact and the team crossed the line at Glencrutchery road in 23.22.89 (96.820mph). Rob Barber and Agni Z1 were second, bettering last year's winning time with 25.21 (89.290mph) and local team ManTTx and James McBride third with 25.39.50 (88.653mph).

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Q: how much does the MotoCzysz E1pc *weigh*?

      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they were speeding. should get a ticket for that : )

      wonder why they are so relatively loud
      • 5 Years Ago
      If only the folks at TT Zero and TTXGP could get over their differences -- so we can pool all these electric motorcycles, and see which one is the fastest!

      The MotoCzysz is the first one where I've seen a cooling radiator -- they should look at doing something like what the Britten has:


      It would help them get more speed...

      Sincerely, Neil
      • 5 Years Ago
      Death to companies that substitute numbers for letters in words.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How do you pronounce the name of this thing? I'm not up on 133t 5p33k.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope a lot of innovation from race series such as TT bring real world application in the near future. The current offering of electric-street bikes is bland at best, but the average speed and distance these racers have to endure creates hope for the future of electric bikes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the sound of electric motors. It's so futuristic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see car EV manufacturers get into some light racing series as well.
      Racing is where a lot of advancement comes from in vehicular technology.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It seems the version they raced had 10 of the 1.25kWh cells (rather than 8), so the total pack is 12.5kWh.

      Again, totally impressive design -- the front fork has the spring and dampener in the center; I'll bet it has less stiction that a conventional fork. The BMW TeleLever front end, and John Britten's design are others that have similar advantages.

      At worst, this bike gets 113MPGe in race conditions! Totally amazing.

      Top speed is ~140mph (and maybe more with a few additional aero tweaks?). This is waaay faster than the competition...

      Sincerely, Neil
      • 5 Years Ago
      The MotoCzysz LQ (liquid cooled) IPM (internal permanent magnet) 75kW/100hp
      electric motor is one of the highest torque/density motors in the industry
      (250+ft/lbs/340+Nm continuous 77lbs/35kg). The IPM solution generates more
      torque while being more efficient than any comparably sized AC induction
      motor. The MotoCzysz patent pending cooling system elevates the motor?s
      nominal power output closer to the motor?s peak power output. The MotoCzysz
      motor can deliver a continuous 75kW (100hp) and is 93% efficient under
      continuous heavy load (140C). The motor is available to accommodate either
      right or left hand chain drive.

      The MotoCzysz LQ 240V 85kW Controller is specifically optimized for the
      motor, in both function and packaging. Accepting 240V and 350+ amps the
      sealed Controller contains ALL the high voltage components and plugs
      directly into the motor, resulting in a nearly completely wireless (high
      voltage) system. The Controller receives battery motor and rider command
      data and adjusts current accordingly. The Controller software has multiple
      embedded maps for setting or customizing functions like torque contouring
      and overall power settings.

      Batteries, ESS
      MotoCzysz is currently the only EV manufacturer utilizing a functioning 'hot
      swap' battery solution and the MotoCzysz eDD system incorporates the latest
      generation. The new D1g1tal battery pack utilizes high density, high
      discharge LiPo (Lithium Polymer) cells. Each pack is embedded with
      monitoring capability that sends vital data wirelessly via IR (infrared) to
      a DVMS (d1g1tal Vehicle Management System) and ultimately to the Controller.
      Additionally, each battery pack houses an LED display that indicates the
      overall pack as well as individual cell group data.

      Each MotoCzysz (patent pending) D1g1tal Battery pack weighs less than 18lbs
      and effortlessly "snaps" into the "suitcase" chassis. The "suitcase" holds 8
      battery packs for a total ESS (energy storage system) of 10kWh.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, that is a very compact 10kWh battery pack -- impressive!

      • 5 Years Ago
      This breaths new life into my hopes of someday buying an e-bike that could handle an 85+ mph burst of speed for a passing, and has enough juice to do ~100 miles in mixed street/75 mph highway driving. That is all I've ever done with my current SV650. Any electric motorcycle that could do that would take care of 100% of my motorcycling needs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wonder if they are allowed to make them more aerodynamic. should be hugely beneficial for a motorcycle
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