Electric wheel hub motors have most successfully been integrated into bicycles and the tech worked well enough for Vectrix to use in their maxi-scooter, but an electric race bike? While we're sure there are no end to naysayers – not enough top end speed, handling deficit due to unsprung mass, etcetera – signed up for three races, the team will certainly have ample opportunity to answer critics with results. Hopefully good ones.
The bike chassis they seem to be adapting (if clues left on their FaceBook page are to be believed) is the Korean steel-framed Daelim VJF250. Of course, with no motor in the way, the team should have plenty of space to hold a battery pack and controller. The motor in its stock configuration quietly (very quietly) boasts 10 kW of continuous power with a 30 kW peak and has seen customer's conversions reach speeds of 84.5 miles per hour (136 km/h). The example in the Catavolt entry is likely to be beefed up a bit.
Even without wins, the eFX / TTXGP participation seems a no-lose proposition for EnerTrac, giving their DIY conversion product world-wide exposure. Besides this race bike, the motor has found its way into motocross bikes, a batteried bobber and a tilting tricycle.
[Source: EnerTrac Corporation]
Team Catavolt an Australian racing team and EnerTrac corp a Manufacturer of high power in wheel motorcycle hub motors have entered into an agreement in which team catavolt will use the Enertrac 600 series products it the TTXGP E-motorcycle races
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PRLog (Press Release) – Jan 11, 2011 – Team Catavolt (see link below) an established racing group with electric land speed records to there credit has announced that EnerTrac Corp.
will be the exclusive supplier of motors for Catavolt race bikes in the TTXGP racing series. EnerTrac Corp. (see link below) designs, builds and sells high performance motorcycle in wheel motors (hub Motors). EnerTrac experience with high power hub motors with power levers greater than 30KW peak and Catavolt racing and electric motorcycle building experience will create an amazing racing motorcycle.
By having the motor in the rear wheel of the motorcycle, the engine bay is freed up to carry the maximum amount of batteries possible, this design also allow the batteries to be located low on the bike.
Team Catavolt recognizes the technical advantages of the EnerTrac hub motor drive and the engineering freedom it offers. Keeping the batteries low on the bike give a strong handling advantage.
Catavolt plans on entering three TTXGP races this season
Round 1: Eastern Creek Raceway (NSW) 1st - 3rd July 2011
Round 2: Winton Raceway (VIC) 2nd - 4th September 2011
Round 3 Wakefield Park Raceway (NSW), 8-9th October 2011 TBC
The joint effort of Catavolt and EnerTrac will produce an exciting and competitive race motorcycle.
A premiere Australian racing team with land speed records to their credit
46 Commerce Drive
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Designs and Manufactures Motorcycle hub Motors, related components and custom Electric motorcycles for the conversion and OEM markets. EnerTrac's hub motors are designed for motorcycle wheels from 16 to 21 inches.
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EnerTrac sells Motorcycle Hub motors and related components. We welcome any qualified builder, be it hobbyists' or OEMs' to explore using EnerTrac products to build Electric motorcycles that are fast and fun to ride.
It is often the case, that EnerTrac can save the OEM huge dollars in R&D and offer a domestic parts warranty. Currently EnerTrac targets full size motorcycles in the light to mid-weight category, with a wheel size between 16 to 21 inches. EnerTrac has done extensive modifications to the standard motor for OEM use and can turn the stock motor into an OEM specific design.
EneraTrac is Located in New York and can be reached at