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  • Mission Motors back in Racing, Official supplier of Mugen

    Edit: As pointed out on this Asphalt & Rubber piece Mission Motors has not revealed exactly what they are supplying Mugen. I jumped to conclusions. There was a rumor that Mugen’s motor for their first attack on the TT was a Mission Motors unit. But that is still unconfirmed, and no excuse for misleading anyone. I would like to note that there are only three basic components to an electric drivetrain: motor, controller, and battery pack. Thank you.

    Sorry, no pictures for you all. I didn’t get pictures sent to me. Either way I think it is exciting news that Mission Motors is officially back in racing as we know it. I got the word from Mission Motors themselves, which is even cooler. I have Mission Motor’s press release, and the press release from Mugen Euro’s website. Mugen will be fielding two bikes and riders this year by bringing back John McGuiness and adding Bruce Anstey, who has 9 TT wins to his own name.

    This brings about the silly season question of if 2 time TT Zero champion Michael Rutter will run the electric race this year. While I have heard nothing official, I have seen a report that MotoCzysz will not be running this year. And Mark Miller has a ride on the Italian Vercar Moto. So will he defend his title? Well I am not in a position to ask at the moment, but it is fun to take a second to speculate. As I reported earlier Saroléa is only a few weeks from revealing their new machine. Could Rutter be their rider for this year? Darned if I know. I have the feeling that Rutter is very loyal to MotoCzysz, and I feel there may be as much a chance he won’t race the TT Zero as there is that he will. We will see.

    Check out the press releases below for the details:


    Contact: Mission Motors  M-TEC Co., Ltd (MUGEN) +1.415.666.2000  +81 (0)48-462-3111 info@ridemission.com takuya_kawase@mugen-power.com tomohiko_izumi@mugen-power.com
    San Francisco, California, USA – April 2, 2014 – Mission Motors, a developer of cutting- edge electric vehicle technology, has been named a supplier and sponsor of Team MUGEN SHINDEN SAN superbike for the 2014 Isle of Man TT Zero Challenge.
    “Mission has an active motorsports program, with projects in both hybrid and electric racing,” said Mission Motors CEO, Derek Kaufman.  “We are honored to be a marquis supplier and sponsor to Team MUGEN Shinden as they look to eclipse last year’s records.”
    Team MUGEN Shinden director added, “Mission Motors and MUGEN have had a good relationship creating and developing exclusive electric power units for the Isle of Man TT project.”
    Mission is a leading specialist in electric powertrain innovation, working with many major vehicle manufacturers on all aspects of HEV/EV powertrain technology. Mission’s project team employed this expertise to support Team MUGEN Shinden during engineering design and development activities.  “We are introducing some exciting new technology for the MUGEN SHINDEN SAN race bikes,” said Mission’s Director of Powertrain Systems Engineering, Mark Sherwood.  “Our engineers have worked alongside Team MUGEN Shinden to learn from their race data.  For the 2014 Isle of Man TT, we have engaged in rapid new product development that truly raises the bar for electric motorcycles on and off the racetrack.”
    With initial integration work now completed, track testing will continue through the spring.  Mission is confident that Team MUGEN Shinden has what it takes to capture their first TT Zero victory and a new lap record.
    About Mugen Motorsports
    MUGEN designs, develops, assembles, and markets automotive engines for racing.  Mugen also designs, develops, manufactures, and markets motorsports engines, chassis, parts, and components for Honda cars, including technical services at racing circuits. http://www.mugen-power.com/english/
    About Mission Motors
    Mission Motors designs, develops and produces optimized electric powertrain components that incorporate the company’s proprietary technology. The company offers energy storage systems, drive systems, control systems, and software intelligence for automotive, powersports, marine and heavy equipment applications. Mission Motors is a full partner to vehicle manufacturers, meeting their development, production supply and aftermarket needs. Mission helps its customers bring higher performance electric and hybrid vehicles to market faster and at lower development cost. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Mission’s team combines expertise from the automotive, powersports, robotics, battery and software industries. Learn more at http:// www.ridemission.com





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    TEAM MUGEN Double Assault on TT Zero 2014

    M-Tec Co., Ltd president, Mr Shin Nagaosa, today formally announced the participation of TEAM MUGEN in the TT Zero class at the Isle of Man TT event to be held during May/June 2014.

    For 2014 the team will compete with two MUGEN Shinden bikes for the first time, with 20-time TT winner John McGuinness, who will be competing for the 3rd time with TEAM MUGEN in TT Zero, joined by long-time friend and TT rival, Bruce Anstey. McGuinness, who narrowly missed out on his first TT Zero victory in 2013 with a lap of over 109mph, will expect to be pushed hard by his new team-mate Anstey, who himself has a tally of 9 Isle of Man TT victories to his credit, and a fierce, but friendly, duel can be expected.

    The formidable pair will be supported with an all-new bike, currently named SHINDEN SAN, which the team promises will have more power, and yet more record speeds are anticipated over the course of the event.

    A spokesman for the team said “we are extremely excited to have secured the services of two such experienced proven winners around the TT mountain course, and the team will be pulling out all the stops to provide them with the machinery to go for the first TT Zero victory for TEAM MUGEN”.

    No further details are available for SHINDEN SAN at this time, and the bike will be revealed later in the Spring.


    TT Zero Challenge started in 2009 as a new class requiring the entrants to ride motorcycles with zero emission engines emitting no CO2. The race is run in a time-trial format over a course of approximately 60km of mixed terrain around the isle.

  • Sarolèa to reveal TT Zero bike on 26APR14

    Courtesy of Saroléa
    Courtesy of Saroléa


    Ok, so between intermittent WiFi on the ship, getting used to this new tablet, and trying to get outside help to get the above image in a separate file, I’ve been beating my head into a wall to get this one out to you folks. Tell you what though, if I didn’t have real things to spend my money on I’d be buying a plane ticket and be there in person for this launch. I just have a feeling these guys are used to doing things right. And while the bike may or may not be particularly successful on the track this year, I get the feeling they are a team worthy of our attention.

    Very cool.

  • The Life Aquatic

    My personal cabin
    My personal cabin


    Hello everyone.  It has been some time.  I have been working hard in my new job. I am not sure how this whole blogging while out to sea thing is going to work out as we have yet to start a normal schedule. I have my new tablet and am hopeful, but WordPress does not have an app for Windows RT 8.1 yet, and internet is going to be sketchy at best. Hopefully I will be able to edit podcasts while I am out to sea.

    One of the fun things is that while we are not using their motors, we sure do use a lot of Parker product. Air hose type stuff mostly.  It is going to be a rough transition for sure as it looks like I am going to have to start looking after one of my family members.  I have so many podcasts to edit still that are so old.  Not to mention a story that Brian and Kenyon took their time to get me info for.  I actually gave Kenyon a bit of a hard time about it, so I owe him one, or two even.

    Some news that I have been able to pick up on is that Mark Miller is going to ride for the Italian VercarMoto in this year’s TT Zero.  No recent word from the Belgian team on if their bike is ready.  I am having to do this from memory but I am sure Mugen is ready to go.  And while I have heard nothing official, it seems MotoCzysz will not be attending this year.  I was really hoping Darvill Racing would join in the TT Zero frenzy with their race prepped Brammo Empulses, but they will be doing other IoM events competing head to head with the gas bikes.  In some ways that’s cooler.  The Buckeyes are hard at work on their bike and look to be podium contenders yet again. I have not heard anything about the other school teams, but again I don’t have the resources to really track things down.  The depressing news is that the TT will be going on in the middle of one of my 5 week work rotations. Can you say gutted?

    In other news, the first round of the eMR went off.  I know nothing other than that.  And round to is coming up.  Shelina Moreda has been all over the place doing commercials and racing her keester off, but a bunch in Qatar.  The elephant in the room has been the eRR.  There should be no excuses this year as all the contract negotiations happened last year, but it is freaking’ almost April, and nothing.  I had been doing my best to track things down over the winter until I got sick.  Rumor had it at that time that races in North America had gone the way of the Do-do, but there were to be some races in Europe.  I don’t know about you guys, but I haven’t heard a thing.  And I remember how much I stuck my neck out last year and defended them.  Its looking like I let it get chopped off.

    Well that’s all I have for now.  If you know more, please fill everyone in the comments.

    Thank you.



  • Breaking News: The Darvill Racing team announce they will Race in FIM’s eRR as Factory supported team for Brammo.

    All I know is what is in this press release.  But it appears they just bought an RR a new prototype TTX and a regular TTX.  And here’s an answer to my question of whose gonna race the eRR.  Oh, and notice how they are using the eRR abbreviation.  Oh, yeah.  I’m trend setter.

    Adrian G Stewart
    Brammo Inc

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    For Immediate Release

    The Darvill Racing team are delighted to announce that they will be competing in the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup as a Factory supported team for Brammo.

    The Isle of Man based team, will run two Factory-supported privateer Brammo machines, one Prototype 2 (P2) and one eSuperStock (eSS) prepared bikes in the elite eRoadRacing class, with an additional entries in National championships. Both bikes will be based on Brammo’s successful Empulse R street sports bike.

    “We’ve been considering a switch to ebikes for a while now and feel that the time is right for us to take on this new challenge,” said Team Principal Alex Aitchison.

    “The championship rules allow privately run teams like ours to compete on a level playing field and we are confident that we have the experience and resources to step up and contribute to what is one of the world’s most exciting race series.

    “As a team, we have learned a great deal racing in a plethora of disciplines and have proved ourselves through a series of race wins, pole positions, fastest laps and world titles over our fifty year history. We’ve worked hard over the last few years to put out a professional team and we are delighted that this has been recognised by Brammo Motorcycles, who have both welcomed our move into the eRR class. Racing in FIM eRR will not only provide us with a fresh sporting challenge but will give considerably more exposure for our team sponsors.”

    Preparation of the team’s first TTXP2 racer is currently underway, ahead of an extensive winter testing programme before the team makes its FIM eRoadRacing debut at Circuit Zolder in Belgium in May. The team is currently in discussion with several guest ‘star’ riders and is expected to announce its line-up and main sponsor shortly.

    About Brammo:

    Brammo Inc. is a leading electric vehicle technology company headquartered in North America. Brammo designs and develops electric vehicles including the award winning Enertia and Empulse motorcycles. Brammo are the 2013 North America, FIM eRR World Cup Champions. Brammo is an OEM supplier of its innovative Brammo Digital Drivetrain systems including the Brammo Power battery pack and Brammo Power vehicle management system. Brammo has vehicle distribution and marketing operations in North
    America, Europe and Asia.

    To learn more, visit www.Brammo.com


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  • Help the Buckeye’s defend their podium position in the 2014 TT Zero

    Lame of me to not have jumped on this when it first came up, I know.  Better late than never?

    Any who, the Buckeyes are using indiegogo to raise money to get back to the Isle.  Kyle Ginaven was our previous contact and the gentleman I interviewed on the podcasts, but he graduated and has moved on with his life as college students do.  I do not know the new team but it seems they are getting on track and organized.  The latest pic of the bike in their Facebook page show’s the bike stripped down as they test a new battery pack.  Other news on their page is that their rider Rob Barber just celebrated a birthday.  So Happy Birthday to Mr. Barber.

    What the team needs is money.  They have a goal of $25,000 and so far have only raised $425.  If you haven’t already please donate to their cause here.  They showed up their first year and laid the smack down on everyone except Mugen and MotoCzysz.  That’s unheard of performance in the series since 2010.  There is only 31 days left on their clock.

  • ESBK Studios: Episode 25 Interview with Shelina Moreda

    This is a 2 hour podcast, so break it up into chunks.  But the first 26 minutes are a review of Laguna but mostly a preview of Indy this weekend with results from QP1 of both Indy and Oshersleben.  The rest is Shelina going over Pikes Peak, REFUEL, and her crash at Laguna.



    Episode 25 Interview with Shelina Moreda

  • Laguna Seca 2013: End of one Era and the Start of Another

    Courtesy of the eRoadRacing
    Courtesy of the eRoadRacing

    Well the Tour de France is finally over (I make my money fixing bicycles not blogging) and even though my motivation to blog or podcast just about nil, my love of lap times and now the extra time on my hands makes it a bit too much for me to resist.  But mostly, I’m going to set a few things straight and give what I hope is the correct lens of which to look through for this past weekend.  You would have seen eRoadRacing announce that Brammo finally broke Mission’s lap times from 2011.  Well yes and no.  And with lots of love to the Brammo guys to me the lap times say they are still not quite on par with Mission’s 2011 team.  Now, Brammo have a lot to be proud of and we will get to that after I review what remains to me to be the benchmark performance all other are to be judged by.  And why it marks the end of an era.

    In 2011 Mission Motors, Lightning and MotoCzysz showed up to the joint FIM/TTXGP round in Laguna Seca after no showing at Sears Point two months earlier.  Brammo was there as well and had an epic battle for 4th with the two dominant European teams that no longer race, but were no match for the big power bikes up at the front.  Mission was the unknown as Lightning and MotoCzysz had done battle the previous year.  They had two geniuses hacking away on computers between sessions, a James Parker designed chassis, and Steve Rapp who was flying that year in the top AMA class running in 5th in the championship on a privateer bike.  Not only that but Laguna was both Steve’s and the Mission R’s home track.  But this was the first race the bike had ever run.  With the MotoCzysz and Lighting bikes running approximately 200hp and all three not far from the 550lb max weight, the Mission looked to be miserably underpowered with a reported 163.2hp and 133.4ft-lb of torque.  But, in qualifying they pulled out a 1:31.378 lap time which put them only 10 seconds a lap short of the MotoGP pole position, midpack in the AMA Daytona Sportbike class’s qualifying, and 5th in the Supersport class qualifying times.  This has yet to be matched, and it’s been two years.  Continue reading  Post ID 2924

  • Amarok’s Press Release from Pikes Peak

    Photo courtesy of Amarok Racing
    Photo courtesy of Amarok Racing

    Yes, I’ve been quiet for a few weeks now.  My actual life has needed attention.  Sad, I know.  Anyway, I received this Press Release from the cool guys at Amarok on July 3rd and am just now getting it out.  It’s actually a big deal that I received this as I’m not getting anything from anyone else.  So a big thank you to Amarok, and an apology for the late posting.  Amarok did a good job keeping us posted in the preceding weeks leading up to Pikes Peak and it was very much appreciated here at ESBK.  Great job guys, and best of luck in the future!

    For Immediate Release                                                                               July 3, 2013

    Canada’s Amarok Racing Reaches For the Clouds, Falls 1 mile Short in Re-started Pikes Peak Race

    Pikes Peak, Colorado.  Team Amarok Racing, makers of Canada’s first electric racing motorcycle, competed in the 91st  Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday.  The event, also known as the Race To The Clouds, is North America’s second oldest motor race, running up the treacherous 156 corners of the mountain course into the rarefied air of the summit at over 14,000 feet.  The race is open to almost any type of motorized vehicle, and includes exotic and production-based race cars, motorcycles, quads, trucks, both gasoline and electric powered, and has long been considered a crucible for new motor vehicle technology. Continue reading  Post ID 2740

  • Another look at how the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb is Shaping Up for Elmotos: Lightning Dominates Practice

    I had one hopeful competitor tell me once that what he liked about ESBK.co was that I do my best to tell you folks how it really is, while maintaining a positive out look.  Which is exactly what I hope to do here with this site.  Some times I fail, and some times I succeed.  Funny enough I’ll get feed back from different people saying I’ve done both with the same post.  But I am going to take another stab at walking that fine line today.

    Earlier this year I was more excited about the PPIHC than I was about the TT Zero, and was getting the feeling that it might over take the TT Zero in importance in the near future.  However, that vibe is all but gone, but for a few reasons.  Firstly, in my opinion this year’s TT Zero was the most successful TT Zero in history with about half of the 10 teams completing all 4 laps comprised of practice/qualifying and the race; and with everyone completing at least 2.  It was an exciting race with the record of a 109.675mph lap being set and it being a race to the finish, sort to speak.  Literally twice as many bikes finished as last year, and I think if you added up everyone’s laps, twice as many laps were completed with less bikes showing up and really an extra two days of practice as last year had one practice get rained out.  So this year’s TT Zero was very successful, and that is part of it.  The second part is the seemingly constantly changing competitor’s list.  Amarok [edit] has been trying to raise money after Greg Tracy reportedly left to race the Mitsubishi electric cars instead.  [Edit] Tracy’s departure was impeccable timing because Chip Yates tweeted that he would not be racing a Lightning this year after all, right around the same time.  It looked like the event was going to just be stock based Zeros again.  I was able to get confirmation from Yates himself that he would not make it.  What happened, you might ask.  Well I don’t know for certain, but I do know Chip’s side.  I asked Lightning for a comment and they had none, saying simply that Yates decided not to ride for them.  I think I can say this, nothing happened.  At least from Yates’s point of view.  Nothing at all accept Yates losing enough money to get my frugal keester to a few eRR rounds.  Hence Yates’s frustration.  Having talked to a few people over the past few weeks who follow the series closely, as I do, no one seems surprised.  Yates did attempt to put together something last minute with a few companies who he said were all eager but couldn’t manage at such short notice.  I was hoping he would have teamed up with Amarok, but one can only wish I guess.  Maybe it was a bridge Lightning was willing to burn since they snagged recent winner of Pikes Peak Carlin Dunne.  Apparently he is going for the outright record, and not just an electric record.  He did set fastest times there during the tire test on the 8th and 9th.  Here’s the unmolested press release from the 4th:

  • Energica Hits the Track Tease from eCRP


    Well we now know it moves, and that is a step in the right direction.  I have the newsletter which I assume is just the press release below.  Really they have been showing it off a bit in Italy a bit, crowing about anti-lock brakes which are going to be required in the EU soon anyway.  The price is still €18,000, but now you won’t get it until 2015.  It still figures to be a bargain with 2.5 times the power of a Brammo Empulse or 2013 Zero S and only 20kW down from the Mission R at 100 Italian kilo-Watts.  Don’t forget it has an 11.7kWh pack (confirmed nominal) and now anti lock brakes as well for $23,900 USD in today’s money according to Google.  That’s $9,000 less than barest bones Mission R before tax rebates.  I say that, and we don’t know just what the Energica will sell for over here after importing it.  Still, you have to admit it’s a good deal if you have or can get the money.  It sits nicely between the Empulse and Mission price wise adding to peoples options.

    If you want to know more Motorcycle.com did a write up about CRP and what was new.  Turns out the biggest news a few months ago was the personnel they have brought on.  Read their article here.

    Here’s the press release:

    Energica: on the track for the first time!

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energica gtAn exclusive preview of the first Italian electric superbike on Modena Racetrack!

    Energica & eCRP 1.4 were the extraordinary guests of the first edition of “Z.ero E.mission V.ehicle & Press ecoRace”.

    Zev Day was an Italian event organized by Modena Racetrack in collaboration with Renault Italy dedicated to sustainable mobility.

    The CRP Group decided to surprise all the participants showing Energica in an exclusive track tour along Modena Racetrack!

    The first Italian superbike, ridden by Giampiero Testoni, Chief Engineer Energica, has covered 3 extraordinary laps side by side with the eCRP 1.4, the electric racebike 2011 Vice World Championship. 

    It was an unique experience for all those people who attended the first lap of Energica, the CRP international, sustainable project with high performance. Here you can find a video preview: Energica on the track!

    The whole audience was astonished at its passage!

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all'autodromo di modena!!!This “proudly made-in-Modena” supersport electric streetbike is a mixture of technology and innovation that make it a good option to traditional vehicle indeed.
    Energica, officially presented at Eicma 2012, will integrate  the ABS system since the first release, an added value for the customer’s safety with one year ahead of EU mandatory:

    Energica will be available for purchase worldwide in 2015Reservations are open on the website.

    The first Italian superbike with its performances, unique in its kind and with its high technology (Windform and 3D Printing) with which it was designed, was included in the 2013 – Year of Italian Culture in the United States – Italy in US.
    In the end, this year, Energica, join the 1.618 Sustanaible  Luxury Guide, the world’s first sustainable luxury online guide as the one and only electric motorcycle in the guide.

    Join Energica’s World!!