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TTXGP Road America Preview


TTXGP electric motorcycle racing series bring the competition to the historic Road America race track at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Following the success of the inaugural eGrandPrix race for electric motorcycles held in Sonoma just a few weeks ago, the teams of the TTXGP electric motorcycle racing series bring the competition to the historic Road America race track at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

As the first race proved, TTXGP electric motorcycles are not slow moving scooters – they are "130 mph laptops on wheels", fully connected with on-board Wi-fi, the latest battery and motor technology, and imbued with the sprit of innovation that each individual team adds to the mix.

In Round One, the first race teams battled back and forth for the lead in a truly exciting contest for electric bike supremacy. Despite 2010 being the first year ever for the electric TTXGP race bikes, they were already boasting almost 85% of the speed of the very latest gas-powered superbikes.

TTXGP is not only revolutionizing motorsport by being the first zero carbon racing series, – the TTXGP 2011 rules are open to a Wiki – everyone can have a say in the development of the rules – the first race series ever to use crowd-source to develop its rules.

Another revolutionary step – TTXGP teams can become owners and share profits in the series simply by racing – the more team race, the more they own of a special trust set up to run the series.

Electric vehicles are unquestionably part of the world’s future transportation infrastructure – TTXGP racing electric vehicles will accelerate the development of clean emission technologies – after all, race engineering is all about pushing limits, as fast as you can. TTXGP leverages the passion and enthusiasm inherent in motorsports.

Fans will see for themselves how TTXGP racing brings together passion, innovation, future technology and excitement into a single marketing and entertainment medium. As the TTXGP slogan says: "New Day. New Rules. New Game. Be part of it". Additional races in Toronto and Virginia will constitute the TTXGP 2010 North American Championship.

Full team list and Biog:
No. 11, Team Electra – Rider; Thad Wolff
Model: 1966 Norton Atlas
Top Speed: 120 mph
Range: 80 miles (Street) and 25 miles racing (we hope)
Weight: 180kg
Battery type: Lithium Polymer
Drivetrain: AC induction motor producing 50 bhp and
156Nm of torque 118 volts nominal
Infineon result: DNF
After a great practise and promising start, the Electra
suffered motor failure during the third lap of the race
and did not finish. Thad is determined to prove this
Antique electric vehicle has what it takes at Round 2.

No 15. Electric Race Bikes – Rider; Mike Hannas
Top Speed: 130mph
Weight: 160kg
Battery type: LiFePo4, 72 Volts
Horse power equivalent: kWh adjustable from 3.6 to7.2kWh
Infineon Result: 3rd place.
Time: 26:44.237, 10 laps, fastest lap: 2:08.587

No. 16 Square Wave Racing ‐ Rider; John Wild
Top Speed: 120 mph
Range: 40 miles at race pace
Weight: 190kg
Battery type: LiFePo
Horse power equivalent: 35hp at the shaft ‐ 8kWh
Infineon result: 26:21.047, 8 Laps, fastest lap: 2:44.726

No. 20 – Rider; James Pooler
Former Yamaha R1 AMA Race bike
Top Speed: 110 mph
Range: 40 miles
Weight: 205kg
Battery type: LiFePo4
Horse power equivalent: 46hp – 8kWh
Infineon Result: 26:24.765, 8 laps, fastest lap: 2:12.375

No.22 Agni Motors (formally Zero Agni) Rider: Zoe Rem
0‐60mph: 6 seconds
Top Speed: 120 mph (193 km/h)
Range: 50 miles @ 110 mph (80km @ 177 km/h)
Weight: 551 lbs / 250kg
Battery type: Lithium Polymer
Horse power equivalent: 73.7hp (55kW)
Torque: 88.5 ft/lbs (120Nm)
kWh: 10
Infineon Result: Winner
Time: 25:33.626, 11 laps, fastest lap: 1:56.98

No. 23 Werkstatt – Rider: Jennifer Bromme
Top speed: 130 mph
Weight: 170kg
Battery type: Lithium Polymer
Horse power equivalent – 80bhp
kWh: 7.5
Infineon result: 26:57.716 10 laps, fastest lap: 2:15.103

No. 80 Lightning Motors ‐ Rider; Michael Barnes.
Top speed: 166 mph
Battery type: A123Systems
Horse power or equivalent: motor salvaged from an EV1
Infineon Result: 2nd place;
Time: 25:51.784, 10 laps, fastest lap: 2:01.457

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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