• Jul 25, 2010
Michael Czysz at the FIM e-Power International Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

In racing, planning is everything. This point was proven once again as the bright yellow (Flying Banana, if you will) race machine from Lightning Motors held the lead of the e-Power International Championship until the very last few hundred feet. And then ran out of juice.

Sadly, for Lightning Motors at least, this slight miscalculation allowed the Flying Banana to be passed literally just feet ahead of the finish line by Michael Czysz, who took the win mounted on his own MotoCzysz E1pc electric race bike. For those keeping track, Czysz was 6.7 seconds behind at the start of the last lap.

Michael Barnes took second place on the Lightning Motors machine, followed by Thijs de Ridder aboard the Crystalite bike. Our congratulations to all of the riders!



Photos by Jeremy Korzeniewski / Copyright ©2010 AOL


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      hex311k
      • 4 Years Ago
      Czysz needs to stop messing with this electric bike stuff and start producing american sportbikes for us, DO IT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only way this will ever matter in real life is if it provides data for commuter bikes. There will never, NEVER, be an 8lb battery that carries as much energy as a gallon of gasoline, so for all but the 1% of strictly commuter bikes these have no purpose. Interesting to see them working that hard, but I'm just too much of a practical person to see it as anything other than a hobby.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Silly comment, MONTE. Batteries provide the electric energy storage for an electric bike, but that could be replaced by other sources in the future. If fuel cells ever prove practical, for instance, all the work done in electric cars and bikes suddenly becomes useful to absolutely everyone. Focusing on the limiting factor of the batteries is missing the elephant because you're focused on its trunk. Steady torque throughout the power band? Materials engineering? The crazy clutch/transmission required for a two-gear electric bike?

        This is intrinsically interesting stuff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is nothing silly about it. Batteries will never ever hold as much energy as the equivalent gasoline engine. With all of the supporting parts also needed (motors, cabling, controls) even the whole system will be on par. Interesting? That's debatable. Worthwhile? Just like I said before, maybe for commuting.

        My posts have been about BATTERIES, not fuel cells. Heck, if you want to go down that road then why not say a fusion reactor? Of course a fuel cell combined with a battery pack and electric motors would be great, but that's not even remotely comparable to a plug-in battery powered vehicle like in this article.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe in USA only 1% are strictly commuter bikes. In other countries (I live in Argentina) up to 90% al commuter bikes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then they will benefit even more, making it more worthwhile. Like I said, commuter bikes are the only thing that will really benefit from battery tech. My commute is about 20 miles total, so any kind of plug in car or motorcycle would be just fine as long as it could go that far on a charge. Will batteries ever be able to take a family sedan 300 miles on 80lb (weight of 10gal of gasoline) of batteries? No chance, but I don't think that's what the battery companies are focusing on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saying batteries will never hold as much energy as gasoline is missing the forest for the trees. You'll never make a gas engine 95% efficient. You'll never get an internal combustion engine of any form that can match the power/weight of an electric motor.

        When you factor in engine efficiency, gasoline has an energy content of about 2.5 kW/kg. While lithium-ion batteries are only about 0.25 kW/kg, lithium-sulphur is already at 0.45 (potentially increasing to 0.6), and lithium-air has the potential to be north of 1.5 kW/kg.

        At that energy density, the powertrain of a electric bike can very realistically be a serious challenger to a conventional gas bike, even in a racing situation.

        Unfold those know-it-all arms of yours and realize that electric transportation is only in its infancy, and the sky's the limit when it comes to potential.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with Turbofrog. Does anyone remember when cell phones first came on to the scene? Big, ugly, and weak compared to traditional land line telephones. Today however, cell phones have pretty much killed the standard telephone, and easily occupy 1 for every member of a household. They hold more power in their tiny batteries and do more than a traditional phone can, and constantly improve (like smartphones that have just come out versus older cell phones like a Nokia 6103). The EV is in the same position, it's still getting off the ground. With more acceptance, R&D, and useage it will grow and become better than it is currently. Sadly too many of you are closed minded to anything that isn't a gas guzzling ICE. While I like ICE bikes, I like seeing technology move forward and make things better. If you'd get your heads out of your asses, you might be surprised what bright future is on the horizon if we work toward it. Otherwise, nothing changes and we stay in the dark ages.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new Discover 100cc is a sum total of a lot of trial and error and hence it is mostly a good vehicle. The exhaust tec which Bajaj seems to have perfected is largely responsible for the massive pulling power that is extracted from this small engine.
      Paraslim Force
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man that guy does not look too comfortable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that is definitely not the nicest bikes ive seen
      • 4 Years Ago
      I vaguely remember hearing about this. Great to see they are racing these e-bikes. Best way to do a shake down is to race 'em hard. Plus the development research done upon the track I bet is 2x faster learning curve than normal road usage that most automakers do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was like watching grass grow, or a bicycle race. I'll stick to the good old IC engine for my sound and fury.
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