After the excitement of the TTXGP we were left wondering… What’s next for electric motorcycle racing? How can you beat electrics racing around the Isle Of Man in the legendary TT? Our answer comes from FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) who in 2010 begins it’s electric motorcycle race series.
The FIM is working with Azhar Hussain, founder of the TTXGP to plan the series which will exist inside Azhar’s Road Racing Grand Prix Commission. Travis Gintz, a consultant to the series informed us there will be multiple laps and all bikes will be required to have hot-swapable batteries similar to what we saw on the MotoCzysz E1PC.
Although the MotoCzysz switcheroo may break the rules being developed to govern the use of equipment. The organizers are pushing for live coverage and are woking with major media outlets to make it happen. Race tracks around the world will be in the schedule including a few in the United States.
Motorsports in general has been dominated by internal combustion engines for decades, and some series are struggling to find new fans and build excitement. The TTXGP captured everyone’s imagination and gave us exciting racing, in which we truly did not know what to expect.
Would the bikes be fast? What kind of sound would they make if any? Would any of them finish the race? Some bikes had 1 motor, some had 2 and one had 3. Some machines looked polished and exotic, some looked pieced together. Hopefully the addition of electric motorcycle racing to the FIM schedule may start a trend in motorcycle racing and we see more zero emissions races in other series.