According to a recent August 18, 2011 article by Aaron Frank, MotoCzysz, a Portland, Oregon, based motorcycle company, fell just .396-mph short of becoming the first electric motorcycle to lap the Isle of Man TT course (the race for bike manufacturers and riders to show their mettle to the public) at over 100 mph, and secure the 10,000 ($16,000) prize from the Isle of Man government. MotoCzysz rider, Michael Rutter, won this years one-lap TT Zero electric motorcycle race at an average speed of 99.604 mph.
This winning result seems cruel after you consider the extreme lengths designer Michael Czysz went to in preparing for this event. Rather than upgrade the already radical MotoCzysz E1pc that won last year, Czysz started over with a clean-sheet design that is 50 lbs. lighter (bringing total bike weight to just under 500 lbs.) and almost 50 percent more powerful. Featuring a more compact, single-battery design and an innovative "inboard" suspension configuration inspired by Formula 1 race cars, this third-generation E1pc cements Czyszs standing as the most creative motorcycle designer working today.
Even if those improvements werent immediately obvious on the public roads that make up the demanding, 37.73-mile Mountain Circuit, the performance of the E1pc has increased substantially. Rutter was officially clocked at 142 mph through the Sulby Straight speed trap, and onboard GPS data revealed top speeds exceeding 150 mph in other placesa far cry from the 200-mph internal-combustion Superbikes, but fast enough to earn the begrudging respect of most mainstream racing enthusiasts.
Also according to Franks article, Czyszs engineering adventures show there are still new technological avenues to explore in the world of motorcycle design. The almost unlimited packaging options afforded by electric prototypes especially encourages experimentation. The technology developed on the latest E1pc could alter the future of motorcycle performance, electric-powered or otherwise - something we should all be excited about!
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