Polaris is traditionally known as a powersports manufacturer, selling a range of ATVs and snowmobiles. Lately, however, the North Star brand has begun to move into the electric vehicle space. They now own neighborhood electric vehicle maker GEM, and have also made a significant investment in Brammo. And now, its extended its empire into the realm of electric bicycles.
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.
Daytona is a noisy place this weekend, with Biketoberfest happening concurrently with the Fall Cycle Scene. The streets echo with the potato-potato sounds of thousands of Harley Davidson cruisers, whilst inside the Daytona International Speedway, the air is filled with the screams of a few dozen assorted racing bikes.
This weekend, the top electric motorcycle racing teams from around the world will be in Florida to contest the 2012 TTXGP World Championship at the Daytona International Speedway. This is the first time the race has been held on American shores and so, to mark the occasion – and also perhaps intimidate its competitors – North American champions Team Icon Brammo have released a sweet little video featuring one of its Empulse RR race bikes putting down some fast laps at the Oregon Race
Good news for American fans of electric motorcycle racing. The TTXGP series has announced its calender for the 2012 season and it looks awesome. World-Championship-at-Daytona kind of awesome. And that's on top of a four-event season that includes a repeat of last year's most excellent joint round with the FIM e-Power series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The TTXGP's first full season of electric motorcycle racing culminated on the weekend and Münch Racing won the series – and the wood-art award, the Faraday Trophy – thanks to a skillful piloting job by Matthias Himmelmann. While the action was terrific and the competition intense, racing fans might be a little bothered by the fact that neither the North American champion, Lightning Motors with rider Michael Barnes, nor sentimental favorite Team Electra with their electrified ant