The common interest for racing with electric vehicles is increasing and the Isle of Man TTX GP in 2009 boosted the interest even more. This year the race will be held on two continents and have a final race in Spain.
This type of racing is probably the future and we are in the beginning of a new era. The regulations for pollution is constantly changing and the fact that electric vehicles are quiet creates new opportunities for the location of racing tracks.
SERT racing have an interest in both motorcycles and the environment and is developing an electric motorcycle to join the Isle of Man TTX GP in June 2010. This year we are using a high-tech rolling chassis from Honda, but intend to develop an own further on. Our team has a lot of experience in both motorcycles and development of electric components. Even if we mainly do this for fun we are very serious with the development and are of course aiming to win the competition.
Some people instantly makes a strong impression. When we arrived to the Isle of Man we met Martin, a 47 year old professor from Austria with his electric bike. He and his students have developed the motor, batteries and the frame of the bike. They designed the frame as a big aluminum "box", and it looks like nothing else.
In order to be qualified as a rider for the TT Zero, you have to complete the track faster than a specific time with a petrol bike. Martin had a rider, but wanted to do it by himself. Sadly, during one of the qualification races there was an accident and he died.
We have spent a lot of time with him and it's hard to understand he is gone. Our thoughts goes to his family and friends.
Rest In Peace, Martin
Regarding the TT Zero race, we had the same type of problem this time. Something is still wrong with the controller and/or motor. We got slightly more than halfway, then the power just got low. There were still a lot of battery power left, more than needed to complete the race. The Motoczysz bike won the race, with an average speed of about 96 mph. This means that there is still a reward to pick up for the first team who pass 100mph in average speed.
Me and Peter want's to thank everybody how helped us to make our dream come true: To start the isle of man TT Zero!! Special thanks to:
Kent Persson KP Metall form
Folke Persson Celltech
Mats Nilsson Aircode
Löörs Lacktyl (Best paintjob in paddock)
Mikael Larsson Team Cresto/Guide world supersport
Chris Palmer Our god rider
And everybody that have followed our amazing trip and supported us trough the website!!!
Thanks again to help us to live our dream!!!!
Who knows, next year Bumblebee will be back with new wings?
Lars Nilsson Team manager