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2013 Brammo Empulse TTX Race Bike Announced
Brammo announced it is developing a racing version of its upcoming Empulse electric sportbike for TTXGP competition.
In a strategic partnership with the TTXGP, Brammo intends to introduce the race-ready Empulse TTX exclusively for teams competing in the 2013 TTXGP Championship.
The Empulse TTX race package includes a TTXGP homologated race bike, one season’s worth of entry fees to one of the TTXGP’s regional series, trackside support from Brammo factory-trained technicians, logistical support and access to a range of race upgrades.
Teams racing the Empulse TTX will also be eligible to win cash prizes with the highest-scoring team to be awarded the Brammo Cup.
Though no price has been announced, Brammo says the goal is to provide an affordable and accessible platform for teams to enter the TTXGP.
Bartels, a Brammo dealership in Marina del Ray, Calif., has already announced its intent to field a team with the Empulse TTX.
Brammo and TTXGP Announce a Groundbreaking Partnership to Grow Electric Motorsport
ASHLAND, Ore. & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Brammo, Inc., a global leader in the electric motorcycle business, and TTXGP, the global leader in electric motorsport and the pioneer of zero-carbon emission-free motorcycle motorsport, today announced a strategic partnership.
Brammo will be developing a racing version of its six-speed Empulse, called the Empulse TTX, for exclusive use of teams racing in the TTXGP World Championship 2013 worldwide programme. Teams racing the Empulse TTX will have an affordable, accessible race-ready platform built with the latest technology and manufactured to the highest quality standards. This Empulse TTX race package includes:
- Full race kit – fairing / headlight removal / associated safety systems ensuring homologation with TTXGP Technical Rules
- One season of entry fees to a feed championship for the TTXGP World Final 2013
- Trackside technical support by Brammo factory-trained technicians
- Logistical support of Empulse TTX to all events
- Range of race performance upgrades to the setup
Bartels, the newest dealership for Brammo’s award-winning electric motorcycle in Los Angeles, is looking forward to competing in the 2013 TTXGP North America Championship.
Bill Bartels, founder and owner of Bartels, stated, “I’m excited to be part of the evolution of motorcycle racing to clean, green electrics. It’s a very exciting time to be involved in motorsports. Our Brammo Empulse TTX race team will connect our customers and employees with competition that will change perceptions and knowledge.”
Azhar Hussain, the CEO of TTXGP, was thrilled at the alliance with Brammo, saying, “When Brammo were a part of the inaugural TTXGP on the Isle of Man in 2009, we all developed a deep respect for their commitment to zero-carbon motorsport. It’s going to be a grand alliance – something that, in retrospect, will see us crossing another milestone in the history of electric vehicle racing.”
“This is about growing the grid and democratizing our series to make it accessible for new teams to join the next generation of motorsport. With the Empulse TTX, being part of TTXGP just gets easier,” continued Hussain.
Brammo’s Director of Product Development, Brian Wismann, said, “Having been deeply involved with TTXGP since the inaugural event has allowed us to see vehicle technology and the sport develop at an incredible pace. The Empulse street bike was a direct result from this early entry into electric motorcycle racing, and now we have an awesome opportunity to run full circle and take the Empulse back to its birthplace with the Empulse TTX.”
Wismann continued, “Ever since we met Azhar and his team, we have been impressed with the drive and development of the TTXGP organization and the progress the teams are making in pushing the sport forward not just for Brammo, but also for the industry. We are proud to be part of this TTXGP initiative. It’s good for us, good for our industry and good for our sport.”
TTXGP and Brammo added that riders racing the Empulse TTX in the TTXGP 2013 series will be eligible for cash prizes in each race in addition to performance-based scoring that will count towards and culminate in the award of the prestigious Brammo Cup. The TTXGP World Championship remains committed to an open platform and not a single-make series.
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Brammo Inc. is a leading electric vehicle technology company headquartered in North America. Brammo designs and develops electric vehicles, including the Encite, Enertia, Empulse and Engage motorcycles. Brammo is an OEM supplier of its innovative Brammo Digital Drivetrain™ systems, including the Brammo Power™ battery pack and Brammo Power™ vehicle management system. Brammo has vehicle distribution and marketing operations in North America, Europe and Asia. To learn more, visit www.Brammo.com.
TTXGP, the eGrandPrix, is an international race series providing a high-profile platform for the development of electric vehicles. Using motorcycles as a resource-effective development platform, TTXGP enables the futuristic technology behind them to be tested in an exciting and challenging way. TTXGP aims to drive low-carbon technological innovation forward, to demonstrate that clean-emission transport technologies have matured and can be fun, fast and exciting. To learn more, visit www.egrandprix.com.
Mavizen is a race technical support function of the TTXGP eGrandPrix. It provides race and logistical support for teams to make the grid and be part of the next generation of motorsport. As well as Brammo, Mavizen also operates as the exclusive worldwide agent for A123 Systems for motorcycling motorsport. To learn more, visit www.mavizen.com.