RR » TT2012: Rutter makes history with 100mph electric lap


'It's absolutely awesome and it's fantastic to do it' - Michael Rutter

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nom nom - Unregistered

June 07, 2012 10:41 AM

Agreed Gaz, anyone know how many riders started the race? Only 4 finishers isn't good for the image of the TTZero series (especially when the 4th bike was 5mins behind 3rd)
As much as a 100mph+ lap in only the 4th year of TTZero is impressive compared to petrol engines, a fairer comparison would be the fact that petrol races last (at least) 4 laps. So,how long will it take an electric bike to do 4 laps at over 100mph?

Tetley

June 07, 2012 12:41 PM

"they need to figure in a way to use KERS for front wheel/motor braking" Posted by pcxmac
"anyone know how many riders started the race? Only 4 finishers isn't good for the image of the TTZero series. So,how long will it take an electric bike to do 4 laps at over 100mph?" Posted by nom nom
According to the rider interviews on ITV they already have an accursed KERS system. There were 10 starters. I can't see electric bikes doing 4 TT laps over 100mph. They are just a stop-gap because just making the electricity and the batteries pollutes more than running petrol bikes.

bikenutter

June 07, 2012 3:06 PM

What a load of tosh, electric bikes are an exciting new prospect. You have to forget the internal combustion engine and look at it with fresh eyes. This technology is less than a decade old unlike the traditional motorcycle which has been in development since the early 1900's. It took 70 years to go over 100mph on petrol engines. These bikes have taken 4. Granted only the powerplant is different and the modern suspensions etc have helped but there is no need to be so damned pesimstic about what is undeniably the future of personal transportation. We should be excited by the fact that electric bikes are going to be developed in a racing arena because atm electric cars look like slow dogs.

As for range, it will come around, so will charging times, but even now these bikes are far more sustainably viable than petrol powered bikes.

bikenutter

June 07, 2012 4:35 PM

Yep but then I'm the sort of person who gets excited by great engineering feats and mankinds ventures towards new horizons. I can see how this must be a terribly mundane thing to a lot of people. Don't worry though theres shiny things on the TV later oh and Big Brother is backkkk :)

I for one really want a go on one of these, screaming along at breakneck speeds is of-course incredible fun but from what I've heard riding these things at great speed in sombre silence is quite an experience 'like flying' is what I think one of the riders said. I really don't ride a bike for the noise after all.

nealio

June 07, 2012 9:14 PM

Videos of these type of bikes that I have seen show them to be very noisy, a lot of mechanical sounds. I think it's brilliant that fresh technology is being developed at the TT and I'm amazed that they got round from a standing start at over the ton! I noticed in their remarks that Rutter and McGuinness, two of the finest and fastest road racers today didn't seemed "bored" by this competition.

OzPom

June 09, 2012 2:47 AM

"I really don't ride for the noise".

Opening the throttle of a four stroke out of a corner going through the gears listening to those sounds "pure pleasure".

What sort of bike do you ride?

The MV Augusta ringing out around Brands still puts chills down my spine.

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