FIM Electric Motorcycle Race Series For 2010

Posted on June 25, 2009. Filed under: Sports |

Some exciting news from the world of motorsport emerged a short while ago – from the world of electric motorsport, to be precise: The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) has decided to create a FIM Series for electric bikes in 2010. The idea builds up on the first ever TTXGP, which was held here on the Isle of Man during this year’s TT Races less than two weeks ago.

To some, the idea of motorsport without the smell of petrol, the noise of screaming combustion engines, or the view of grease covered mechanics in the paddock, might still seem a bit odd, if not completely alien. Thoughts of tiny electric cars come to mind, creeping through town and holding everyone up, or of white coat wearing professors riding these creations, rather than leather clad men who know how to race.

Well, having followed and watched the action from close up and when it happened, I can honestly assure you that nothing could be further from the truth. TTXGP really was a race, the bikes really went at some speed and the riders were real racers, leathers and all.

And just in case you are worried about the sound, don’t be: Having recognized that the engine sound is an important part of the experience, especially for spectators, a member of the Kingston University’s TTXGP team already mentioned that this can be taken care of – via a simple sound module. So not only could the bikes sound “real”, they could also sound like a different racebike every lap – Norton rotary first, Yamaha scream in the next, and Ducati thunder through the finish – now there’s a trick normal bikes can’t pull off…

So now we will look forward to the first ever electric bike race series next year. Will it ever be as big as MotoGP? Who knows, but the start into the zero carbon world of racing has been a good one, and now it’s down to those clever guys in the white coats to make the bikes faster and the batteries last longer. Looking at how fast technology is already advancing, I think it’s fair to say that it might well be the future of motorsport.


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