John McGuinness is a poet like no other. Invoking passion like Neruda using only the twisty, timeworn vocabulary of the Snaefell Mountain Course, the Morecambe Missile can best be heard crafting his boisterous verse during the annual TT races when standing alongside the 37.7-mile asphalt ribbon that weaves its way through the towns and villages of the Isle of Man.
Tuesday morning on the Isle of Man, John McGuinness didn't merely raise the bar by circling the 37.7-mile Snaefell Mountain Course in 19:17.3 minutes at an average of 117.366 miles per hour during the running of the annual TT Zero. Despite an ailing wrist, he snatched the bar from its moorings and threw it javelin-like into the chilly Irish Sea, adding an additional 7.691 mph to last year's record speed and becoming the first to complete an electric race lap in under 20 minutes. His Mugen team m
It's been a while since we've seen exciting wheel-to-wheel electric motorcycle road-racing action, but we're glad to say the drought has ended. It was just one simple camera attached to the Brammo Empulse R ridden by Ricky Orlando, but it captured an epic battle that played out on the asphalt of Sonoma Raceway during the fourth round of the newly-founded eMotoRacing series.
The Saroléa SP7 is an electric carbon-fiber phoenix on a mission from the gods of speed and industry. Just revealed to the public Saturday, it will soon take to the Isle of Man where it will battle the best battery bikes yet built for the 2014 TT Zero trophy. It will also relaunch a Belgian brand that, though it had an eight-decade record of producing motorcycles, has been dormant for the past 50 years.
To say that John McGuinness will win this year's TT Zero on the Isle of Man, riding the Shinden San for Team Mugen, and that his closest competitor will likely be his new teammate Bruce Anstey, would not be the boldest of predictions. MotoCsysz, the team that's dominated the previous four contests, is sitting out this year and McPint, as he sometimes called because his name bears a close resemblance to that of a certain brewer of fine, dark beer, is often the fastest man around the 37.799-mile S
Last weekend, Gasoline Alley – the garage area at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – saw some race machines that were just a little bit different from those it's accommodated in the past: the electric motorcycles of the FIM eRoad Racing series. The North American championship saw its second and, apparently, final event of the 2013 season occur at the historic venue as part of the motorcycle Grand Prix weekend that also featured MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 and AMA Pro Races featuring a field of H
After holding two separate electric motorcycle racing championships over the past three years, the FIM ePower and TTXGP championships have finally come together to create one high-level series – the eRoad Racing World Cup – and, it's already started racing. Two weeks ago, the European season first twisted its throttle in Valencia, Spain, while this past weekend saw the North American season kick off at the biggest and baddest motorcycle racing event of the year; MotoGP weekend at Maz
Right now, ten teams are encamped on the Isle of Man during this TT motorcycle racing season with the goal of proving the worth of the electric racing motorcycles they've brought with them. With all three qualifying sessions now complete, markers have now been laid down and the shape of the 2013 edition of the TT Zero is becoming clear. Much like last year, the race on Wednesday looks like it's down to a shootout between Michael Rutter on the thoroughly updated 2013 MotoCzysz E1pc (pictured at r
Institutional memory can be a funny thing. Sometimes short, sometimes selective, it always makes us wonder just how much effort was put in looking backwards before sending out press releases trumpeting a "first ever" product or event.
There's nothing like conflict to make a story more compelling, and in the man-against-nature drama that is the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, we can add-man-against-man to the electric motorcycle portion of the event.
Have you ever wanted to get in on a bit of electric two-wheeled racetrack action but aren't quite ready for a top-level series? Well, this might be for you. Zero Motorcycles dealer Hollywood Electrics has teamed up with M1GP to create a new 10-round series in Southern California.
In a drama-filled race that saw certain electric motorcycles hitting speeds of 165 miles per hour on the demanding Daytona International Speedway, Steve Atlas was first to pass by the checkered flag, giving Team Icon Brammo the win in the 2012 TTXGP World Championship. The previous two season-topping events had been won by Münch Racing.
Brandon Nozaki Miller – A.K.A. the Electric Cowboy – is on a mission: to prove you don't need big-time money to have big-time fun competing on an electric motorcycle. To help make his case, he's just set several land speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Le Mans was the place to be last weekend for electric racing fans as both the TTXGP European and FIM ePower International championships wound up their respective 2012 seasons with a joint race – the third time this season the two organizations have teamed up for such an event.
The TTXGP North America and Australian series finished up last weekend with Team Icon Brammo riders winning both the race and the championship in the northern hemisphere, and Team Catavolt grabbing the glory Down Under.
We've been smitten with the Mission R electric motorcycle from Mission Motors since it was first revealed at the tail end of 2010. It looks beautiful, both stripped down naked or dressed up just enough to be street legal. Now living in something of an active retirement after handily winning the only road race it ever entered, the bike has recently found its way into the hands of a select few journalists, where it continues to make big impressions.
The electric ton, she is broken. The magical 100 mile per hour lap speed was shattered during the SES TT Zero when Michael Rutter officially completed a circuit of the Isle of Man's 37.73-mile Snaefell mountain course at an average 104.056 mph aboard the 2012 edition of the Team Segway MotoCzysz E1pc. Besides securing a place in history, Rutter and MotoCzysz also collected a check for £10,000 ($15,490 U.S. at today's rates).
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.
Rising out of the chilly waters of the Irish sea, the Isle of Man is paradise for those who consider the world's most dangerous motorcycle racing circuit to be nirvana. Once again, it is also the setting for the TT Zero: a one-lap race around the 37.7 Snaefell mountain course for all-electrics that pushes the edge of what's possible with battery-powered bikes.
Last weekend's TTXGP motorcycle races were proof that sometimes, slow and steady wins the race. Not that the four "eSuperstock" Zero S ZF9s were slow – ok, they are a bit sluggish compared to their superbike upperclassmen – but their reliability conquered all, allowing them to sweep the podium. How's that?