Update on the world's most advanced electric motorcycle: The 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc won the TT Zero electric motorcycle race yesterday, lapping the Isle of Man at a record 96.820 MPH, just shy of the 100 MPH goal the team was aiming for. The win is history-making for more than just electric motorcycles--it's the first time an American-made bike has won a race at the Isle of Man since Indian debuted a two-speed gearbox in 1911 and only the second time an American rider has finished first there.
To put the MotoCzysz's speed in perspective, last year's electric race-winning 87 MPH is roughly equivalent to the speed of the winning Internal Combustion Engine bike in 1938, while this ear's speed would have placed MotoCzysz second in 1957. With that kind of development pace, where will electric motorcycles be 19 years from now?
For more on MotoCzysz and their groundbreaking bike, check out our huge feature from earlier this week.
Congrats to them, what a magnificent machine with great tech. I really hope some of this tech gets integrated into commercially available motorcycles soon! I wonder if it's silent as it rides. I know they said they had to add a horn for when it passed others or else they wouldn't know it was there, so I guess so. That's awesome.
Is there a site with footage of this race? I would like to see how it performed and also how its competitors did in the race as well.
I love this type of innovation, I hope all the teams push just as hard next year.
Sincere Congratulations to the MotoCzysz team - your advancement of what 'has-been-done' with cutting edge tech is not a small achievement !!
wow wowlife! I hope you're kidding with the eestor ultra capacitor comment... I mean I am totally open to new technology, but as an engineer I say show me the data; something eestor has yet to do. Until a third party (ie customer) publishes test results showing their great performance, I say vaporware!
Electric motors can already easily exceed the HP of a gas engine. The problem is getting enough electricity and that means higher density batteries. When hydrogen vehicles use better fuel cells they with replace gas and electric vehicles.
The race must have been creepy quiet!
@Gort60: Quite the opposite. I am told engines like these have a wicked scream. Very different from a combustion engine, but they give off quiet a sound. I would imagine they are not as loud as the other gas bike there, but anything with that much power would still turn heads as its came around a corner. Think about an electric drill. It is an electric motor, but you can still hear quite well.
"When hydrogen vehicles use better fuel cells they with replace gas and electric vehicles. "
Nope, Means of electricity alternatives will be developed,
wether it is batteries, capacitors, or whatever else we have
not thought of yet, once the power source has been perfected
it is goodbye to ic, and hydrogen powered ic cars.
Electric IS KING !
Of Course there is many people being policed to slow down the development of alternative electric sources, i see it everyday, on forum comments here and everywhere else, Of course too, they can slow but ultimately not halt it's production and replace ic's.
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