• Jun 2, 2012
We are astonished. No, not because Team Segway MotoCzysz has just revealed its 2012 version of the E1pc and it looks pretty amazing. We expected that. Rather, we are somewhat stunned that the cultural impact of certain aspects of Kim and Khloe Kardashian's um, prominent physical attributes has just expanded into the geeky green world of electric motorcycle racing. More on that in a moment.

On the Isle of Man for the TT Zero – a one-lap race for zero-emission motorcycles around the 37.73 miles Snaefell Mountain course – Michael Czysz took the wraps off a pair of machines he has been preparing over the past year. Previous iterations focused on drivetrain and suspension elements, resulting in bikes capable of over 200 horsepower and the ability to handle the unique conditions of the iconic street circuit. For 2012, the emphasis has been put on aerodynamics.

Czysz explains that turning a 100-mile-per-hour run into, say, a 125-mph excursion would require a doubling of the battery, which is quite unfeasible. Though difficult, decreasing drag by 25 per cent seemed a much better option. Avoiding the dustbin fairing approach, and with inspiration from certain celebutantes, he bucked the current backside trend of modern street bikes to craft a rear that helps reduce the low-pressure area behind the bike. In his own colorful words:

What is needed to create an aerodynamic motorcycle is in direct contrast with the current fashion trend of motorcycle design. Think less RC8/RSV4R tail and more... well every bad "futuristic" concept bike you saw in the 80′s tail. Think less Olsen twins tail and more Kim and Khloe Kardashian tail. Want more speed? Add some Kris Jenner tail in too.

Of course, managing air flow is not all about the hindquarters. To that end, the new E1pc features an intake in the nose that brings in a breeze to help out the cooling system. Although Czysz finds the final product is lacking aesthetically for his personal tastes, we find the overall package to be less bizarre than we had imagined.

Scroll below to check out the technical specs and be sure to peruse the extensive gallery provided us by Jensen Beeler over at Asphalt & Rubber. While we'll have to wait until after the race to see video, live audio coverage of practice and race sessions can be heard via Manx Radio. You can also get live stats through the IOM TT website.

2012 MotoCzysz E1pc Technical Specifications

Chassis
Frame Twin Spar Carbon Fiber Frame
Wheelbase 1435mm (56.4in)
Rake 22.5°
Trail Adjustable from 87.5mm-100mm (3.5-4in)
Head Angle 22.5°
Front wheel travel 127mm (5in)
Front wheel Marchesini 10-spoke magnesium 3.50 x 17
Front Tire Pirelli Diablo Superbike 120/70 R17
Rear wheel travel 127mm (5in)
Rear wheel Marchesini 10-spoke Magnesium 6.00 x 17
Rear tire Pirelli Diablo Superbike 190/55 R17
Front brake 2 x 320mm full-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers 4-piston, 2-pad
Rear brake 220mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Dry weight 238kg (525lbs)
Seat height 800mm (31.5in)
Batteries
Cells Dow Kokam Lithium Polymer
Energy 14.0kWh
Voltage 330V+
Motor
Type Proprietary Liquid Cooled, Permanent Magnet, Brushless DC (IPM)
Power 150+kW / 200+hp
Torque 220Nm
Motor Controller 150kW Liquid Cooled
Transmission Single Speed Gear Drive


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      Neil Blanchard
      • 1 Day Ago
      Awesome! They seem to have learned many things from the stunning Britten V1100. http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/2010/09/britten-v1000v1100-most-innovative.html Tapered tail with the radiator under the rider's seat, the small but very effective intake opening right on the nose, the narrow front profile, the front girder forks (no stiction!) -- again a tour de force. Neil
        DarylMc
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        Hello Neil There was a fantastic video of the making of the Britten. I don't remember how many years ago that was but it is still a sleek machine.
          Neil Blanchard
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DarylMc
          I had links to it on my blog, but they may be broken now. Neil
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        Not girder forks, it's actually an inboard suspension.
      HVH20
      • 1 Day Ago
      Getting high power motors into these bikes seems to be pretty common. It looks like the technology that will make or break the race is the battery pack. I wonder what Team Mugen will be hiding under the fairings, that Dow Kokam battery pack will be hard to match in power and energy density.
      DarylMc
      • 1 Day Ago
      104 MPH http://cdn.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2012/Results/060612/Result%20sheet-SES%20TT%20Zero.ashx
        Dave D
        • 1 Day Ago
        @DarylMc
        Wow, now they can go for that 175kph mark (108.74mph) next year! I thought they would take 2-3 years to get there, but they are clearly on track to have a shot at it next year. :-)
          DarylMc
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Dave D
          I was expecting to see more gain but no doubt it was a good result. The previous link is broken now but this one works. http://cdn.iomtt.com/News/2012/06/06/History-is-made-in-the-2012-SES-TT-Zero.aspx The Mugen bike riden by John McGuinness was also quite a spectacular result.
      • 1 Day Ago
      Why so UGLY??!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?
      methos1999
      • 1 Day Ago
      I think you might be right about the color scheme. This bike might look a lot better if they went with a simpler (monotone) color scheme. Personally I think matte black makes many vehicles look instantly better...
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Day Ago
      using KK's name (henceforth known as 'the hoe') is a bit of a dishonest ploy for press attention. the shapes in question are nothing alike as for their attempts at aerodynamics it's variations on pathetic. deform a 'tear drop' to encompass a bike and you have the shape you need. they are mindless slaves to conventional perceptions of what a motorcycle should look like
        Spec
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I'm going to have to agree with Dan on this one . . . why mention useless people who are merely 'famous for being famous'?
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        By deformed tear drop, I assume you mean a dustbin fairing, or something like it. Those do not function well on a road course, or anything else where turning at speed is involved.
          karlInSanDiego
          • 1 Day Ago
          Dustbins were outlawed, not unsuccessful. I'm sure a lot has been learned since the first dustbins, and they did come with crosswind issues, especially when bikes were very light, but the fully enclosed bike were banned before they were tested enough to become uncompetitive. Sanctioning bodies dictated how much needed to be exposed and how much could be covered. Original dustbins were challenging in slow speed turns I believe, of which IOM has a few.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 1 Day Ago
          it has to be full body, not just the front. and why wouldn't that work on a track? if I say it will work it will work
        methos1999
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Clearly you are not familiar with the motorcycle industry.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 1 Day Ago
      Wow, that's quite ugly in my eyes.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 1 Day Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        You can have both good design AND high efficiency / aerodynamics. Keep those engineers a bit further away from the design phase... :) The main problem is the color scheme. It's like a sport shoe... WAY too busy. I appreciate the engineering side of things, moto-c knows what they are doing on that end.
        Neil Blanchard
        • 1 Day Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I think it will look better with the rider in a full tuck, at speed. Neil
        • 1 Day Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        It's not meant to be pretty, it's meant to be fast. Hondamugen is trying the brute force approach, Motoczysz is going for efficiency. We'll find out next week who was right.
      Neil Blanchard
      • 1 Day Ago
      Right, the forks are not conventional sliders -- they are girder forks that are anchored with something similar to A-arms and has a push-rod to the shock. This is an excellent suspension that remains supple even when under stress, from braking and/or turning. This is almost exactly what the Britten V1100 had, and it is also quite similar to the BMW Telelever system. Neil
      Dave D
      • 1 Day Ago
      It doesn't seem that ugly to me. Yes, the colors are a bit much, but trying to be more aerodynamic is such an obvious direction and I'm more into for function vs. form. If something improves the performance then it seems more aesthetically pleasing to me. I do wonder when they'll start to get radical and go with some type of modified tear drop shape to cover much of the rider and bike together. Of course, now Dan is going to be happy because I agreed with him...even if I said it in a nicer way :-)
      methos1999
      • 1 Day Ago
      Looks like a very busy design, but I'd love to see the flow simulations that determined the various winglets. Actually, I'd love to know the over all CdA of the bike and how it compares with something like an R1 or ZX-14
        DarylMc
        • 1 Day Ago
        @methos1999
        Have a look at the picture with the frontal view. I doubt an inline 4 can come close in aerodynamics. As Richard Gozinya mentioned it's going to be interesting to see the result.
          methos1999
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DarylMc
          Indeed, I've followed this race the first few years and the winners have improved the lap times by staggering amounts. It's just a shame that the rules have prevented Chip Yates from competing with his Swigz Racing bike, as he went on to win flat out against 600 cc bikes. I look forward to the day e-bikes can go toe to toe with ICE bikes on a regular basis.
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