In late June, I raced in the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in the newly-created Exhibition Powersports Z class aboard a Zero FX production electric motorcycle. I’d like to think myself, as well as my teammates, did pretty well for ourselves and changed many people’s perceptions about e-bike technology and performance. But in […]
MotoCzysz Unveils 2013 Isle Of Man TT Electric Racebike
As is becoming customary for MotoCzysz, the team have waited until the start of Isle of Man TT proceedings to unveil the next iteration of the E1PC electric racebike team riders Michael Rutter and Mark Miller will use to tackle the mountain course.
Considering the futuristic styling of the 2012 model, at first glance its successor looks a little bland in comparison. However, don’t let looks fool you: after achieving the 100 mph lap last year, the three-time and reigning TT champion team have a new goal.
“Since last year’s win,” says Ray Crepeau, General Manager for MotoCzysz “a new strategy has been in the works. Our team has been quietly preparing bikes, targeting an average lap speed of 110 mph.” The team feel they have achieved their goal, adding 20% more energy compared to last year without increasing the weight of the motorcycle. Exactly how much power the new bike is making is unknown at this point.
“2013 is as much about bike handling as it is about energy onboard. Adding range is simple, you add more batteries; but to achieve that without adding weight was an engineering feat,” says company founder Michael Czysz, who unfortunately isn’t attending this year’s TT races, instead remaining at home in Portland, Oregon to receive treatment for his recently diagnosed cancer.
Comparing the 2012 and 2013 E1PCs reveals many changes, some obvious and others less so. Thankfully, Czysz has been active on Twitter talking up his latest creation and providing some insight on the new model. From a visual perspective, the most obvious difference between the two is the sleeker look of the new bike, shifting away from numerous ancillary body panels (aka the rear winglets) and moving back towards the minimalist look of the 2011 model.
Beyond that, the 2013 features a conventional fork, albeit a top-shelf Ohlins unit, instead of the innovative pushrod-type fork of last year. Why the change from futuristic back to ordinary? “We’ve moved lateral flex back into the triple clamps,” Czysz says, adding there’s more adjustability and scalability with this setup. And if that wasn’t enough of a hint as to the company’s next business venture, Czysz released a picture on Twitter of the triple clamps in question, stamped boldly with “MotoCzysz Performance Products” across the front, captioned, in part, “…designed to make YOUR motorcycle handle better…”
Much of the bulk underneath and behind the rear seat has been cleaned up this year, though a bulge under the seat is still noticeable, likely a battery housing. All told, Czysz claims the 2013 retains all the previous innovations of the past models, but are simply refined. He also says the latest model is the most aerodynamically efficient so far with the best lateral chassis flex, too.
MotoCzysz is nothing if not confident in its product and abilities. We’ll be watching closely at the team’s progress throughout the TT.