TTXGP : racing with electric motorcycles
Electric cars were introduced in 1896 and by the end of the century almost 50% of motorcars worldwide were electric. The first official land-speed record was set by an electric car: outside Paris on December 18th, 1898 Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat (the “Electric Count”) drove the electric Jeantaud automobile to a speed of 39.2mph (62.8 kph). Yet, by 1905 80% of cars were petrol driven and by 1920 the era of the electric car was almost over. But not quite.
Introducing the TTXGP, racing with all-electric motorcycles. At the 2009 Isle of Man TT Team Agni reached 102mph, with 16 other teams close behind. And now the race is on to continue development. To their credit, the FIM also created a series for electric motorcycle racing in 2010.
New electric cars are no slouches either. The Tesla Roadster reaches 60mph from standstill in only 3.9 seconds. Big motorcar producers are following with promising designs while companies such as Barefoot Motors already produce proven electric vehicles.