The flag’s yet to drop on eGrandPrix’s inaugural zero-emission TTXGP trials, but that hasn't stopped the organiser from announcing its plans for next year’s race. LiFeBATT_R2 LifeBatt's prototype R2 EV: will race in 2010's TTXGP Come 2010 riders will cover two laps of the Isle of Man’s famous Mountain Course, with riders also …
actually allowing swapping batteries for cars would quickly bring about ways for the sunsumer market on the best way to switch batteries !
if they feel it would be to unfair just limit the weight and size of batteries allowed with a minimum on the car weight and size e.g. no go karts with a battery tied on the back of it :D
MSA regs on leccy???
Does anyone know what the MSA (motor sports association) says about leccy vehicles regards regs. I have not looked in the blue book (thats the book defining motor sport regs for the UK) but wonder what would happen if, for example someone entered a Tesla in a hill climb.
Also I thought that motor sport in general in the UK (isle of man?) was governed by the MSA or is this event ourside thier control...........as I beleive there are a few other bodies for specialist stuff like ALRC for Landrover trials etc??????
Should Be Fun
Visitors to the IoM are often impressed by the quality of the roads on the mountain course. At ordinary road speeds they are smoother than anything you find on the mainland. However, by the standards of race circuits they are rough. Seventy odd miles at high speeds will give the average race prepared car an absolute hammering. The sort of short stiff suspension usually found on the Caterham-esque car pictured would not be suited to the mountain course at racing speeds. A better vehicle would be something akin to a tarmac rally car.
It's a good few years (OK more than two decades) since I joined in on mad sunday, but I could not believe the hammering I received on a (supposedly) road legal race bike at 140mph. The fact that the racers manage to lap at an average of close to that speed is not only tribute to their skill and the performance of the machines, but also the stamina and resilience of both rider and bike.
From what I've seen of many of the leccy vehilces they seem a little, errm, delicate. I think the race could be one of attrition rather than performance. Remember guys: if you want to finish first, first you've got to finish.
Why does that electric car have an air intake in the nose?
Batteries need cooling too
I'm all for electric vehicles and having just come back from the event praise the organisers of this years TT for allowing an event where these bikes can be showcased.
I'm not sure I entirely agree though that electric cars should now be included in the TT programme as historically it is a bike only event. There are plenty of car oriented events such as the Goodwood festival of speed which I believe already have events for electric vehicles, and perhaps the governing body for car based motorsport in the UK should be doing more.
I know I'll be lambasted by the eco-mentallists as a luddite for having that sort of opinion but hey, they can all go swivel.
Keep the TT bikes only.