TTXGP, an international race series for electric motorcycles, concluded the 2012 season with a World Series Final in Daytona that saw the American Steve Atlas securing the championship on home territory. Atlas’s Team Brammo also picked up one of two IET prizes for technical achievement, the other winner being Australian team Catavolt.
Intended to promote innovation in low-carbon transport, TTXGP uses motorcycles as a resource-effective development platform and enables the futuristic technology behind them to be tested in an exciting and challenging way.
In 2012 there were regional championships in North America, Australia and Europe, leading up to the World Final on 21 October at Daytona International Speedway, Florida.
The IET provides the Technical Panel for TTXGP, with panel members acting as safety officers as well as adjudicators to all the races. They also advise the teams on compliance with the regulations while maintaining the confidentiality of their intellectual property.
For the 2012 Final, the IET Panel picked two teams from across the globe for special recognition.
Presenting the prizes, Professor Pat Wheeler said “The IET is proud to be a partner of the TTXGP World Race Series. This visionary sporting event brings together the passion for motorbike racing with the application of zero carbon technologies. Since its inception in 2009, the IET through its members and volunteers have been hands-on supporters and see TTXGP as a way to disseminate and share knowledge and expertise in science, engineering and technology to a global audience.
“Catavolt were the team who had pushed the boundaries most and are a deserving recipient of the IET Automotive & Road Transport Network Award for Technical Creativity.
“We would also like to congratulate Team Icon Brammo on a great season, their hard work, developments and constant professionalism has inspired many and I am really pleased to present them with the IET Transport Sector Award for Technical Excellence”
A TTXGP spokesman added: “Daytona International Speedway was an incredible circuit to push these technologies to the limit, and the reception from bikers and motorsport fans has been overwhelmingly positive. Now it’s a wrap on 2012 and we’re looking towards a new and improved 2013. Big thanks to all the teams, tracks and fans for making us what we are.”