Electric SBK: Nurburgring Lap Record
Mavizen Superbike Video
The long established reign of fossil fuel burning combustion engines in MotoGP and Superbike racing might have a serious future competitor in the form of electric superbikes. The meteoric changes that have taken place with electric motors in recent years is serving notice of inevitable change.
I doubt there are any motorcycle racing enthusiasts out there that aren’t aware of the progress being made with electric-powered motorcycles. The most prominent signpost was the introduction of an electric race bike category at the Isle of Man TT in 2009.
The 2010 IoM TT saw Mark Miller and the Motoczysz E1pc electric motorcycle just barely miss a lap averaging 100 mph-a feat almost unimaginable just a handful of years ago. If you consider the progress that has been made in a very short period, one can only wonder what the next decade may bring in terms of two-wheel electric motorsport.
Mavizen, in the UK, is rapidly establishing itself in this emerging market, laying claim to the world’s first production electric superbike.
The machine is the Mavizen TTX02, which uses a KTM RC8 chassis and various suspension and bodywork components as a formidable rolling package wrapped around a powerful Agni 95 permanent magnet brushed motor.
The electric Mavizen has already garnered a number of impressive race wins and benchmarks in the electric record book.
Their most recent exploitation of electric power and promise was with European and German superbike championship rider, Rainer Kopp, at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany.
Kopp took the Mavizen TTX02 on only its second ever lap around the legendary course, setting a new lap record for electric motorcycles of 9 minutes 22 seconds (from the start line to T13).
The Mavizen TTX02 is equipped with a touch screen user interface and on board PC, which is integrated into the electronics, providing the rider with real-time access to information recorded by the battery management system (a critical aspect of power drain vs. performance and endurance).
Mavizen’s race focused approach is evident in their swappable drivetrain and batteries for quick, trackside changes.
The Mavizen TTX02 is being produced in an extremely limited number (around 50 units) and has appeared in the TTXGP 2010 electric motorcycle series. Albacete, Spain on October 23-24 will be the final TTXGP for 2010 season.