Hello All, long time no writing.
This is just a Quick and Dirty from here in the North Sea. As is typical I receive next to nothing from teams or series in my in box. The only way I get info from manufactures is because I sign up for their news letters. eMotoRacing is getting better and their Facebook page keeps you pretty up to date.
eMotoRacing (USA): Well these folks (OK the dude) put the racing schedule up months ago. The first round has already gone down and looks like another solid year of club racing for them with some former Superbike racers fielding bikes on the grid. The biggest news is Round 2 is this weekend, so stay tuned to their Facebook page and website for the details. And keep an eye out in April for a 100hp Empulse R hot rod, the work of Brian Wismann (Brammo’s Dir. of Prod. Dev.) and Ely Schless. Its a not for certain deal, and may be a private entry as for now it is a side project the two are doing on their own time.
Moto-E (Europe): The brainchild of a member of the now defunct TTXGP has yet to post a schedule. I know of at least one bike being built that series that is looking pretty badass. A few months back I was assured that there would be a series this year, but the website hasn’t been updated since September and I have seen no official word. Looks like more of the same from across the pond. Bad show ol’ boys.
eFX (Australia): Well, after the media guys who were trying to push the series hard gave up, its pretty much any other club series no one else pays attention too. [Update} Oh, I finally got the site to load and stumble my way through it. The first race is this weekend.
Pikes Peak: So far there are 4 production based Zeros signed up, and 3 prototypes. So that should be fun. No Brammo or Lightning.
Ilse of Mann: Mugen will be back with yet another new bike, and Sarolea (sp?) has a pretty active Facebook page, so I suspect they will be back too. I don’t know who eles might show. [Update] Sarolea got a hold of me minuets after I posted this. So first of, thank you guys for being one of the 6 people who still read my blog and being so proactive in keeping me up to date.. Second, and more importantly, they WILL be back for the 2015 TT Zero, AND with a new bike that is going to be unveiled April 5, 2015. Remember that date. I am excited to see what they bring to the table after a year under their belt!
Elmotos taking on the ICE Armada: Look out for Brammo to bring out and continue to use racing to develop their stuff in the AFM series. The Electric cowboys are taking on the same small displacement GP series they have for the past few years out west, and have been doing it on Zero SRs. Yeah, that seems fair . . . not. Also, there has already been one Empulse owner taking it to the Clubman class bikes in another local series.
That’s all I have for now. I’ll be home in two weeks, but then I am off to finish my music ed degree, so don’t expect to hear much from. Things are heating up though, so keep an eye out on the Esbk.co Facebook page where I try to share all the goings on. As far as the day of 160-200hp elmoto prototypes doing battle at Laguna Seca . . . those days are gone. At best we could hope to see a battle between Mugen, Lightning, and Brammo at the Ilse of Mann, but that is but a pipe dream. Maybe if I win the Lottery. Be sure to tell your grand kids about back in the day when electric two wheeled monsters roamed the earth and did battle like gladiators.