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.
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