Isle of Man TTXGP winners mark electric bike first
Motorsport enthusiasts who travelled to the Isle of Man for this year’s TT races got a possible glimpse into the future when a UK-Indian team completed the course at an average speed of over 85 mph to take top place in the first competition for electric bikes.
The IET-backed TTXGP, billed as the world’s first zero carbon eGrandPrix, attracted eleven teams from six different countries, including the USA, India, Germany, Austria, UK and the Isle of Man.
Race day on Friday 12 June saw them competing in time trials over the TT circuit in two categories. The Best Buy Pro class was open to all vehicles conforming to regulations, while the Open class was only eligible to machines that could be sold following the race for £20,000.
In the Pro class, UK/India-based team Agni with rider Rob Barber secured first place with a time of 25 minutes 53 seconds and an average speed of 87.434 mph. Second and third places went to the German XXL Racing Team with rider Thomas Schoenfelder (time: 29 minutes 4 seconds/average speed 77.841 mph) and the US-based Brammo Bike ridden by Mark Buckley (time: 30 minutes 2 seconds/average speed: 75.350 mph), respectively.
In the Open class, US-based Electric Motorsport secured the win with rider Chris Heath in a time of 34 minutes 17 seconds and an average speed of 66.022 mph. In second and third were US-based Barefoot Motors with rider Chris Petty (36 minutes 23 seconds/average speed: 62.219 mph) and team TORK from India with rider John Crellin (37 minutes 26 seconds/average speed: 60.475 mph).
Simon Maddison, chairman of the IET panel has provided technical advice for the event, said it had been a long road to get to the starting line. “No one could have imagined how the journey would be – 10 months of hard work from our panel but the equivalent of 20 months input from the teams. Everyone who has made it to the Isle of Man has to be congratulated – it has really re-created the pioneering spirit of the TT. To say, it has been a historic moment would be an understatement. To say, it is watching the technology of the future is a statement.”
TTXGP founder Azhar Hussain added: “The teams, riders and all those involved in making this event possible have worked tirelessly to make the TTXGP the reality it has become today. Together we have proved that zero-carbon transport technology has the capability to thrill motor racing fans and is ready for application in the real world.”
Video footage including video interviews with team members is on the TTXGP website