Tuesday, 12 May 2015

VICTORY GOES ELECTRIC FOR THE TT!




Back in February we brought you the news that Polaris Industries had bought leading electric motorcycle developer, Brammo Industries (100% Biker #191), and now we’ve learned that Polaris-owned Victory is to race at the TT on a prototype Victory electric bike.

The prototype electric race bikes will be piloted by William Dunlop of the legendary Dunlop dynasty and Lee Johnston and will compete in the Isle of Man TT electric class, marking the first time that Victory Motorcycles has entered a professional motorcycle-racing event in Europe and raced an electric machine. The SES TT Zero Challenge class event for electric motorcycles is a one-lap race round the island’s 37.73 mile (60.72 km) Mountain Course and will take place on 10th June 2015.

Parker, the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, is providing the race-proven, high performance GVM PMAC motors for both machines.

 I’m more than excited to race this prototype at the Isle of Man,” said Dunlop. “Electric powertrains have many advantages, and the Isle of Man is one of the greatest tests in motorcycle racing.”

The Victory Racing prototype electric race bike features a dedicated electric racing motor and power cells as well as highly sophisticated electric controls to maximize peak power, power delivery, and durability under racing conditions. Victory engineers have further refined the electronics and chassis for the upcoming race with private test sessions in North America. 

How long before we see a Victory production road model? Not long, we reckon…

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