TT Races: Green racers’ Manx spirit
There will be a new “clean emissions” race at the Isle of Man next year, in addition to the traditional TT races, writes Kevin Ash
The first of what is hoped will be an annual grand prix event, called the TTXGP, was announced this week at the Science Museum in London. Its backers include John Shimmin, the Isle of Man’s Minister for the Environment, the British Motorcyclists Federation, motorcycle sport’s UK governing body the ACU and the Motorsport Industry Association.
The race around the island’s legendary 37.733-mile closed public roads circuit is open to “clean emissions” two-wheelers, although at this stage the rules appear vague, with some talking of zero emissions and others of allowing “clean” fuels such as hydrogen. There are also no restrictions on power or other aspects of design at this stage, although it’s anticipated that this will become necessary as the series is developed.
According to TTXGP founder Azhar Hussain, more than 30 teams have expressed serious interest. The atmosphere surrounding the event is reminiscent of the original 1907 TT bike race, with a mix of enthusiasts, serious engineers and cranks taking part in a free-for-all race with few rules. But it was from this that motorcycle development accelerated at a rapid pace, and the hope is that something similar can be replicated with the TTXGP.
While the emissions rules will be strictly adhered to, there is no “whole life” analysis of their green credentials during manufacture. Nevertheless, this looks like a serious attempt to drive technology through the excitement and challenge of a credible race. We’ll be bringing you details of some of the competitors over the next few months and reporting on the race itself, which takes place on June 9 next year.
Enertia at SIGGRAPH
“Not only does Brammo applaud BOXX for their workstations which have made the digital development of a product like the Enertia possible, but also for their efforts to promote a “Greener World”. Technology must play a larger role in solving our energy and climate crisis, and BOXX and AMD are setting a stellar example for the rest of the industry to follow,” said Brian Wismann, Brammo design director.
November 26th, 2007
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Brammo Enertia Electric Motorcycle Debuts at EVS-23
Ashland, Oregon – Brammo, a leading manufacturer of ultra-efficient, lightweight vehicles, will feature the Brammo Enertia (https://www.enertiabike.com) motorcycle on display at EVS-23 .
EVS-23, December 2-5, 2007 in Anaheim, California will be the largest gathering of electric drive professionals in the world and is hosted by the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA).
“This is a phenomenal gathering featuring the next generation in eco-friendly transportation” said Craig Bramscher, CEO of Brammo. “There is no question that this is where we would want to unveil the Brammo Enertia. Between the public day and the Mayor’s Forum, we’re excited to share a sneak peek of the Brammo Enertia production electric motorcycle prior next year’s release.”
Brammo will be showcasing a bike in Booth #657 with battery partner Valence Technology. Additionally, there will be a second Enertia motorcycle on the streets of Anaheim for special press-previews including demos and test-rides for credentialed press with motorcycle drivers license endorsements.
The Enertia motorcycle is an urban commuter bike that exceeds 50mph and 40 miles on a single 3-hour charge. At roughly $.32 a fill-up and under one-cent a mile – it is positioned to be the compelling green alternative for the new urban consumer.
Brammo is a premier specialty vehicle manufacturer developing sustainable performance products for the next generation of transportation. Through integration of digital engineering and high impact design, Brammo transforms ideas into compelling products. Located in Ashland, Oregon the company was founded in 2002 and is a privately held.
About the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA):
The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) is the trade association representing battery, hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure. EDTA conducts public policy advocacy, education, industry networking, and international conferences. EDTA’s membership includes automotive and other equipment manufacturers, utilities, technology developers, component suppliers, and government agencies. For more information about EDTA and its members, visit www.electricdrive.org.