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Archive for November, 2011
The gist of the TTXGP article is that Munch will now have a few bikes available for leasing next year. Give the article a read, and if you are interested send an e-mail to email@example.com .
I count 3, but there might be more.
1st. Micheal Rutter 2011 TT Zero Winner (GBR)
8th. Micheal “Barney” Barnes 2010 North American TTXGP Champion (USA)
18th. Mark Miller 2009 IoM TTXGP, 2010 TT Zero Winner, 2011 TT Zero Runner-up (USA)
Apparently, a requirement is that your first name start with the letter “M”. Well that’s me out of the running.
Simone Mancini of motoelettriche.wordpress.com was kind enough to send me a translation of one of his recent posts about Team Aecivitas. Here’s the scoop on their bike:
- The team aecivitas bike was exhibited on the FIM’s stand at the EICMA.
- The team consists of about 15 persone with industry experts and partnership University of Florence.
- Massimo Tucci (ex Betti Moto team) is the electronic responsible and boss of the company Hydra.s.r.l .
- This is the technical data of concept e-xxx: http://www.aecivitas.com/news/111108-eicma/Eicma_Presentazione_02.pdf
- The most interesting feature of this new bike is its small longitudinal engine with bevel gears transmission.
- The official presentation of the team with more information will be made in early 2012.”
I also thought I had read in a translation that this bike is a prototype spec racer for an indoor Italian series. I have not been able to confirm this at all, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
If you don’t know you can watch all of laster year’s races on www.egrandprix.tv . There is a ton of content there, and I was told that this years races were being converted so they could go up soon. I didn’t notice that rounds 2 and 3 of the Euro championship went up on the TTXGP’s YouTube channel 5 days ago. There also some videos about ARC Racing, one of them being track footage of them testing themselves against gassers. The TTXGP’s site seems all jammed up at the moment so I don’t know if the videos are up on there yet. I’ll let you know when they are. Thanks to motoelettriche.wordpress.com for catching this.
An electric EBR is at the is top of my “I wish it existed” list.
I made a claim last January, in an audition tape to a motorcycle racing podcast, that in 7 years electric motorcycles would be in, MotoGP, or at least be competitive with said bikes. It’s almost down to 6, but I think I’ll stick with that prediction.
I have already expressed my views on this bikes. And the Tokyo show still hasn’t happened yet, but the buzz is still there. people really like the bike, especially the way it looks. One blogger even spoke of it’s big car motor. Others have spoke quite elequently that they are hopeful of Honda’s entry to the market as good for everyone. However, from the stats provided so far, the language used, and my suspicions that Honda is far too busy with ICE racing to put forward a serious elmoto effort, the RC-E (which I am still certain Honda built specifically to regain my affections) struck me as a nice looking bike that also looks very well balanced (typical Honda centralized mass), and unique and well executed chassis design, powered by a scooter motor. And I think I am right. While digging around the inter-webs for some info I was going to use in my last post, I discovered the mind blowing power of that Honda Insight electric motor.
Are you ready?
Are you sure you’re ready?
Yes, well, OK.
13HP!!!!! WOW! There’s that Honda HP. They’re gonna . . . no wait . . . what!?
Yes the motor, according to Honda’s Insight spec page it is rated at 13 hp, or about 10kW for my fellow ‘tron-heads. The Brammo Enertia’s motor is rated at 13 KW, or just over 17 hp. I wouldn’t even take the dust off Brammo’s TTRs to race this thing. Some clip-ons, rearsets, full fairing, and CF wheels on a stock Enertia would about do it.
In all fairness, it is a concept and the show isn’t for 2 more weeks(ish). We’ll have to wait and see, but if this is the case, it’s almost insulting.