TTXGP - Electric Motorcycle Racing from 2009-2013
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TTXGP - Electric Motorcycle Racing from 2009-2013
The 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man
- Cedric Lynch Agni TTXGP Electric Motorcycle @ Brooklands Museum Motorcycle Festival After the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man, Agni Motors went to the Brooklands Museum Motorcycle Festival to show off the bike. They spent awhile talking with an experienced motorcycle racer, who then rode the bike in a hill climb event and a small track event.
- Brammo at the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man The initial TTXGP race, during the 2009 TT Week on the Isle of Man, had a huge profile. One favorite to win was Brammo, who was sponsored by Best Buy. Best Buy would later start selling Brammo's electric motorcycle in an ill-fated attempt to start electric vehicle sales. These videos are Brammo's view of the TTXGP, from testing their bike(s) at the Thunderhill Raceway to participation in the TTXGP.
- Charge - Official Trailer for documentary on the 2009 TTXGP at the Isle of Man Will motorcycle racing always be about gasoline powered motors? To convert the society around us over to electrified transportation, die-hard petrol-heads must be converted and see the utility and power of electric drive trains. The TTXGP was an early attempt to catch the attention of the racing community, and this documentary showed how the TTXGP got to the Isle of Man.
- Manx Radio reports on 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man Manx Radio is the primary radio station for the Isle of Man, and carries the primary coverage of racing action. Hence, anyone listening to the TTXGP or TTZERO races over the Internet is listening to the online stream of Manx Radio. These videos are Manx Radio's broadcast of the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man, the very first electric motorcycle race during TT Week.
- Bike testing videos at Jurby, 2009 TTXGP Isle of Man, published by the TTXGP organization The track at Jurby is used by TT racers for testing the bikes. These videos show TTXGP bike tests at Jurby. These videos include Agni Motors, XXL Rading, Brammo, Native Motorcycles, ManTTX. Plus there is bonus commentary by a couple track marshals who came to Jurby to see what all the fuss is about.
- Rob Barber TTXGP race video, 2009 TTXGP Isle of Man, published by the TTXGP organization This is commentary of part of the TTXGP lap by the 2009 TTXGP winner Rob Barber.
- Rider interviews, 2009 TTXGP Isle of Man, published by the TTXGP organization after the qualifying session After the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man, the team came to Ohio for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle race event in late July 2009. The purpose was to acquaint the AMA organization with electric motorcycle racing, and in the 2010 season the TTXGP operated as a secondary race event at certain AMA races (Infineon Raceway, Road America in Wisconsin, Mosport Canada, and Virginia International Raceway).
- Kingston University at the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man The initial TTXGP race, during the 2009 TT Week on the Isle of Man, had a huge profile. University teams were a major part of the TTXGP race, and the subsequent TTZERO races in the following years. This is a video diary of the Kingston University team. The videos start in the previous October, when the student team starts stripping the donor chassis, and then visit Steve Labib who had built an electric motorcycle. The bulk of the videos closely examines the design and build process. Unfortunately when it came to race day, the Kingston Univ bike did not finish because a brush in the motor vaporized.
- Mission Motors at the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man In 2009 Mission Motors had all the attention with big claims about an electric superbike, and following the same game plan as Tesla Motors. They took their superbike to the 2009 TTXGP, completed practice rounds, but flubbed big time in the race. The company did later create a more reliable superbike and set lap-speed records at Laguna Seca International Raceway that still stand 6 years later.
- Motoczysz at the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man MotoCzysz, a Portland-based motorcycle design company started by Michael Czysz, was one of the darlings of the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man. In these videos we see several aspects of their journey to the Isle of Man. Even though the MotoCzysz bike was extremely well designed by a smart team, it failed within a few miles of the start line with a blown motor.
- Native Cycles at the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man Native Cycles, also known as Electric Motorsport, was an Oakland CA based electric motorcycle maker. They entered in the 2009 TTXGP at the Isle of Man, also attended the TTXGP event at the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio race course in July 2009, and participated in part of the 2010 North America TTXGP season. These videos are their participation in the TTXGP. The team intended to bring two bikes to the TTXGP, but only arrived with one after the "Pro-Class Superbike" broke during testing. One of the videos below shows a highway test of that bike in a loop around the San Francisco Bay Area.
- TTXGP events before the 2009 TTXGP race on the Isle of Man Before getting to the 2009 TTXGP event on the Isle of Man, the TTXGP team held several events to introduce the idea.
- TTXGP at the Science Museum, Festival of Innovation, following the 2009 Isle of Man event This is an exhibition event subsequent to the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man. Clearly it involved some (or all?) of the entrants appearing at an event that included drag racing action against gasoline powered motorcycles. The video starts with a motorcycle labeled <em>Mavizen</em>, but this was before Mavizen unveiled the TTX02 and the bike shown here was completely unlike the TTX02. Next was the Electric Motorsport bike, and another Electric Motorsport bike, - which is curious since they are based in Oakland CA. Next is shown the Agni Motors bike, curiously with "Mavizen" stickers all over its fairings. That bike did not have Mavizen markings when it ran at the 2009 Isle of Man event. This is interesting given that the Mavizen TTX02 design was strongly derived from the Agni bike. Then there is a motorcycle labeled "Electrofit Zapi" that did not run in the Isle of Man race -- this bike is designed for drag racing and would not do well in track racing, but did use the dual-Agni design. For the drag racing, the Agni bike was actually ridden by Cedric Lynch in garb wholly unsuitable for a race track.
The 2009 TTXGP at AMA racing event in Ohio
- TTXGP AMA Mid-Ohio Event - Track ride with Electric Motorsports After the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man, the team came to Ohio for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle race event in late July 2009. The purpose was to acquaint the AMA organization with electric motorcycle racing, and in the 2010 season the TTXGP operated as a secondary race event at certain AMA races (Infineon Raceway, Road America in Wisconsin, Mosport Canada, and Virginia International Raceway).
- TTXGP AMA Mid-Ohio Event -- various views by John Adamo After the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man, the team came to Ohio for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle race event in late July 2009. The purpose was to acquaint the AMA organization with electric motorcycle racing, and in the 2010 season the TTXGP operated as a secondary race event at certain AMA races (Infineon Raceway, Road America in Wisconsin, Mosport Canada, and Virginia International Raceway).
2010 TTXGP North America
- 2010 TTXGP North America at Infineon Raceway (now Sonoma Raceway) In 2010 the TTXGP ran series in Europe and North America. The first of those two series was this race, in May 2010 at Infineon Raceway. This first round, unlike the subsequent rounds, garnered a lot of attention from international press. The videos shown here document various aspects of that race weekend. One point of interest was the battle between the Lightning bike, and the Zero/Agni bike, since the Lightning bike was clearly the more powerful but the Zero/Agni bike was more agile. The clincher was the controller on the Lightning turned itself off, and Michael Barnes had to sit on the sideline for 45 seconds (an eternity during a race) to reset it. Even with that, he managed to snag 2nd place. Another point of interest was when the Norton bike, ridden by Thad Wolff, built from a vintage Norton Featherbed chassis. It turned in a very credible performance until a cotter pin broke causing the drive train to fail.
- Motoczysz preparing for the 2010 TTXGP/e-Power at Laguna Seca By 2010 the TTXGP did not run at the Isle of Man, but was running a series in North America and Europe, while the FIM ran a competing race series in Europe. One event, the FIM e-Power event at Laguna Seca, allowed the European racers who'd raced in e-Power to meet and race against the North American TTXGP bikes. MotoCzysz did not participate in the 2010 TTXGP North America, but did come to the e-Power event.
- CATAVOLT - Electric Motorcycle - Daelim build This is the bike Catavolt built for the 2011 season. With two different swing arms, it supports two drive trains for different applications. For land speed racing, it used an extended swing arm with four motors connected shaft-shaft in pairs and driving a common chain to the rear wheel. For track racing, they used a regular swing arm and the Enertrac hub motor.
- ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE CREATING BUZZ For a short while, the TTXGP electric motorcycle racing series had activity in Europe, North America and Australia. This is a look at the Australian series by an Australian TV show.
- The 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man
- TTXGP - Electric Motorcycle Racing from 2009-2013