The Inaugural American Electric Motorcycle TTXGP

May the 16th will kick off the much anticipated 2010 TTXGP at Sonoma’s Infineon Raceway in California, 12 teams have entered the all electric competition and somewhat interestingly, some of the biggest names in the fledgling electric motorcycle industry are missing. Mission One and MotoCzysz will be joining the series later in the 13 race season and Brammo is sitting this season out due to recent political turmoil in the evolving world of electric two wheeled racing.

The first race will be 12 laps on the 2.22 mile course and it’ll be interesting to see what percentage of bikes finish the race, last years season saw many teams dropping out due to reliability issues, some of them quite spectacular.

A personal favourite entry of mine from last season was the Norton Electra Team, running a streamlined and highly modified 1966 Norton Featherbed frame with power provided by high-performance golf cart motors. The Norton was getting up to 108+ miles per hour and was rubbing shoulders successfully with brand new bikes last year. You have to love that.

Surprisingly it looks like only one of the teams is running the Mavizen TTX02, a beautiful electric racing bike that you can actually buy and race yourself if you don’t mind writing a check for $41,000 USD. The bike is based on the 2009 TTXGP winner, the Agni, and is sitting on a KTM frame, it also features wifi connectivity and the open source Linux operating system built right into the bike. Modified Zero motorcycles are making up at least two places on the grid but by far and away the most popular choice is modified gasoline motorcycles, including another 1966 Norton.

There’ll be a lot of anticipation to see exactly what Mission One and MotoCzysz drop on the start line later in the season and how they size up against the other bikes, Mission One is due to start customer deliveries of it’s 150 mile per hour super bike in the second quarter on 2011.

Stay tuned for further updates on the 2010 TTXGP season.

Image courtesy of Hell For Leather

Below is a full list of 2010 TTXGP entries;

Electric Motorsport, Oakland

Electric Motorsport, a.k.a. Native Cycles, won the open class of the 2009 Isle of Man TTXGP (for bikes that cost less than $33,000 to build) using a modified version of its production electric GPR-S motorcycle. The only Isle of Man TTXGP competitor to compete in the TTXGP North America, Electric Motorsport will race a converted Yamaha R6 with a custom-wound AC induction motor and a 10.5 kilowatt-hour, 108-volt battery pack capable of propelling the bike to 120 mph. [Updated 5-4-2010, 12:20 p.m.: A previous version of this post said Electric Motorsport would be racing a converted Yamaha R6 in the TTXGP. It is racing a converted Yamaha R1.]

Werkstatt Motorcycle Racing and Repair, San Francisco

Shop owner  Jennifer Bromme  will race the $45,000 Mavizen TTX02, which uses the chassis of a KTM RC8. The 81-horsepower machine uses a 96-volt Agni 95R motor and has a top speed of 130 mph.

ZeroAgni, Scotts Valley, Calif.

An international partnership, ZeroAgni outfits an electric street bike from Santa Cruz-based Zero Motorcycles with a British-based Agni Motor – the same DC motor that propelled the Agni Motors motorcycle to the top of the podium at the inaugural Isle of Man TTXGP  with an average speed of 87.734 mph, and a top speed of 106 mph, on the 37.73-mile course.

Electric Race Bikes, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Powered with two Agni  95R motors and 72 volts of lithium-ion batteries, the Electric Grand Prix, or EGP, bike will be piloted by American Federation of Motorcycles Formula III class winner Mike Hannas.

Swigz, Aliso Viejo

Founded by American pro rider Chip Yates, the Swigz e-bike is built using the frame of a Suzuki GSX-R750 and produces 190 horsepower from its liquid-cooled, permanent magnet DC motor.

K Squared Racing, Scotts Valley, Calif.

The K Squared Racing motorcycle is built from a production Zero S street bike from Zero Motorcycles in Santa Cruz with a modified Aftershocks suspension. The bike uses a permanent magnet brushed DC motor and 5.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack. Its top speed is 110 mph and its range (at race pace) is 30 miles. Zero electrical engineer Kenyon Kluge will race the bike. [Updated 5-4-2010, 12:20 p.m.: A previous version of this post said the name of the team was K Squared; it is K Squared Racing. The bike’s range is 30 miles.]

Blue Grass, Monterey, Va.

The only licensed antique vehicle to race the TTXGP, the Electra is a 1966 Norton Atlas retrofitted with a lithium polymer battery and 118-volt AC induction motor. The 50-horsepower bike claims a top speed of 120 mph.

Pril Motors, San Mateo, Calif.

Pril will race a next-generation version of its XR1 – a converted Kawasaki Ninja that, in its original version, was powered with six lead-acid batteries.

Volt, Sebastopol, Calif.

Not much is known about Volt, except that the bike will be built by Lore and Eland Eggers, who are employees of Thunderstruck, a longstanding mom-and-pop EV shop in Sebastopol, Calif.

Square Wave Racing, Columbus, Ohio

A partnership between EV builder Sean Ewing, Jordan Rhyne of Rhyne Electric Powersports and racer John Wild, Square Wave will race a 1996 Honda CBR600F3 converted to electric with an 8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. The 35-horsepower bike claims a top speed of 120 mph.

Lightning, Woodside, Calif.

No additional information available.

Empirical Electric, Palo Alto, Calif.

No additional information available.

Via The LA Times

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I just wish the Mission One bike was afforable. That thing looks INSANE.

Yeah that Mission One is sweetness!

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