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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Inaugural Electric Motorbike Grand Prix

Posted By Jorge Chapa On June 16, 2009 @ 11:30 am In TransportationTuesday | 2 Comments

TTXGP, Team Agni, Rob Barber, electric motorbike grand prix, azhar hussain, isle of man [1]

Last week the Time Trials Xtreme Grand Prix (TTXGP) [2], the world’s first ever zero carbon, clean emission, motorcycle Grand Prix was held on the Isle of Man [3]; and the race proved to be every bit as exciting as its fossil fuel equivalent. Team Agni Pro-Class driver Rob Barber [4] made history by winning this inaugural electric motorbike competition with an all-electric Suzuki GSX-R 600.

Twenty-three teams from six different countries, including both university and commercial ventures, entered the competition. The TTXGP [2], is the brainchild of Azhar Hussain [5], and it was designed to showcase fully electric motorbikes in a racing environment. In this particular case, over 37.73 miles across the beautiful Isle of Man [6].

The winning Team Agni [4]‘s bike is a converted 2007 Suzuki GSX-R 600 [7]. It comes equipped with two Agni 96 motors and a Kokam lithium polymer battery. The lap was made in 25 minutes and 53.5 seconds, more than 3 minutes faster than second place winner XXL Racing [8], and four minutes faster than Brammo [9].

The 2010 version of the TTXGP will feature electric cars, and Telstra [10] wants to get in the game. Seems to us that electric racing is now in vogue. Perhaps electric NASCAR will be next?

+ TTXGP [11]

Via BBC News [4]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=34301

[2] Time Trials Xtreme Grand Prix (TTXGP): http://ttxgp.com/index.php

[3] Isle of Man: http://www.ttxgp.com/index_nav.php?page=thecourse

[4] Rob Barber: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/8097080.stm

[5] Azhar Hussain: http://www.gizmag.com/the-worlds-first-125-mph-electric-road-legal-motorcycle/10459/picture/58939/

[6] Isle of Man: http://www.iomtt.com/TTXGP.aspx

[7] 2007 Suzuki GSX-R 600: http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/suzuki_gsx-r_600_2007.php

[8] XXL Racing: http://www.autobloggreen.com/2009/06/07/video-first-ttgxp-practice-run/

[9] Brammo: http://www.brammo.com/

[10] Telstra: http://www.telstra.com.au/

[11] + TTXGP: http://www.ttxgp.com/

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