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magicsmoke
17 May 2011, 2050
From Ted's site .. http://evmc2.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/next-stop-isle-of-man-and-the-iomtt-ses-tt-zero-race/

"I have it on good authority you’ll be seeing Lightning’s two bikes and the Mission …"

And of course the two new MotoCzysz.

This is shaping up to be quite the shakedown!

Looking forward to seeing how the Vercarmoto 6-speed performs. Although probably underpowered for pole position, it'll be interesting to see how it compares to current and previous twin Agni setups.

Good luck to the Japanese team Prozza, who've had a real struggle what with recent events but shipped their bike last month, and indeed to all the college / university and privateers.

Can't wait!

Nuts & Volts
17 May 2011, 2117
I believe MIT has a bike heading out to the Isle too. I too have heard that Mission and Lightning will be there.

Is there anywhere to watch the Isle live online or anything like that?

magicsmoke
17 May 2011, 2145
I believe MIT has a bike heading out to the Isle too.

That's right, and also Ohio State I believe, with Rob Barber at the helm thanks to our own Sean Ewing (seanece)
http://www.iomtt.com/News/2011/05/05/TTXGP-winner-Rob-Barber-confirms-2011-TT-plans.aspx


Is there anywhere to watch the Isle live online or anything like that?

Unfortunately there's no live video coverage as the tv boys reckon the course is just too long to cover properly and their helicopter can't keep up on the 200mph straights :O

However, there is a streaming live time / position service
http://ttlive.iomtt.com/

and Manx radio streams live audio. In fact Manx radio becomes radioTT for the 2 week period.

Nuts & Volts
17 May 2011, 2213
That's right, and also Ohio State I believe, with Rob Barber at the helm thanks to our own Sean Ewing (seanece)
http://www.iomtt.com/News/2011/05/05/TTXGP-winner-Rob-Barber-confirms-2011-TT-plans.aspx

Like Ted, I have it on good authority that Ohio State will unfortunately not be racing at the IOM this year due to time constraints...

magicsmoke
17 May 2011, 2221
Like Ted, I have it on good authority that Ohio State will unfortunately not be racing at the IOM this year due to time constraints...

Oh dear, that's a shame. Was this the same team that the late Ryan Williams was involved in, and maybe yourself?

teddillard
18 May 2011, 0215
I screwed up, sorry! I meant the Motocycsz, I don't think Mission will be there, and Lightning will only have one bike.

But it's definitely going to be a bigger field... very exiting!

magicsmoke
18 May 2011, 0257
Ah well, no harm done :) Was pretty doubtful about Mission anyway!
MotoCzysz running two bikes by the way

teddillard
18 May 2011, 0329
MotoCzysz running two bikes by the way

I can neither confirm, nor deny that... :D

(I've always said, I'm a man who needs an editor...)

Brammofan
18 May 2011, 0927
I've heard rumors that Czysz has three bikes. Brammo will not be there. I wonder if (a/k/a 'suspect that') Lightning didn't show up at Infineon because it was focused on getting to the IOM -- very expensive and intense to get these batteries shipped overseas (as they learned during the attempt to get to the TTXGP final in Albacete).

teddillard
18 May 2011, 0936
I wonder if (a/k/a 'suspect that') Lightning didn't show up at Infineon because it was focused on getting to the IOM

Nope, not as far as I've been told. There were some production/logistics issues of some sort, and it was not a happy decision.

BTW, I'm working on an interview with Richard right now... more to come, but he's a little limited on bandwidth until the bike ships, understandably.

magicsmoke
18 May 2011, 0940
Wouldn't surprise me if Czysz brought 3 bikes, a lot of money though!. I've only heard 2 riders linked with them.
Yeah, shipping is very expensive. I was chatting with one of the TT organisers the other day and he said that they were trying to sort out some form of communal shipping deal to help keep the costs down for the American teams.

cycleguy
18 May 2011, 0943
very expensive and intense to get these batteries shipped overseas

I'm wondering how they airfreight the battery packs, since the UN certificate from the battery cell manufacturer does not carry over once the cells are assembled into a pack, and therefore need to be re-certified by the battery pack manufacturer?

magicsmoke
18 May 2011, 0949
Nope, not as far as I've been told. There were some production/logistics issues of some sort, and it was not a happy decision.

BTW, I'm working on an interview with Richard right now... more to come, but he's a little limited on bandwidth until the bike ships, understandably.

"Richard Hatfield of Lightning Motors expressed that he might scrap out last years Flying Banana due to the weight issues which do not comply with the new rules. HE said it would also distract the efforts from the 2011 IOM bike which was at high priority for the season."

http://www.greenbugger.com/2011/05/1390/

teddillard
18 May 2011, 1007
"Richard Hatfield of Lightning Motors expressed that he might scrap out last years Flying Banana due to the weight issues which do not comply with the new rules. HE said it would also distract the efforts from the 2011 IOM bike which was at high priority for the season."

http://www.greenbugger.com/2011/05/1390/

Well, HE just told ME the Banana's going on a diet and being refitted for possible use (elsewhere), and the two for Infineon were no shows because: "The build schedule slipped." I gathered from other sources he was not at all happy about that slippage.

Oh, but you're getting me to dish dirt before I'm ready... :p

magicsmoke
18 May 2011, 1011
Hey Ted, those capitals weren't ME by the way, they were in the article. I got an email off Richard the other day saying they were coming but I didn't mention it 'cause it seemed odd that they hadn't gone public, but when I saw you'd blown the whistle then I thought you could take the rap :)

Brammofan
18 May 2011, 1112
I stand corrected about the Czysz "three bikes" comment:
http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/racing/motoczysz-two-bikes-isle-man-tt/

teddillard
19 May 2011, 0310
Just got my press credentials... :D 19 teams confirmed...

"Entries have been submitted from teams from the UK, IOM, America, Belgium, Spain, Japan and Italy including a number of interesting new teams. There are already four teams from America on the starting grid in 2011 and it is hoped that further teams from around the world will enter before the meeting starts at the beginning of June.

Rider entries include current TT stars like Michael Rutter, John Burrows, Dan Kneen and James Hillier who will all be adding further spice and intrigue to the race itself. Defending champion Mark Miller and 2009 TTXGP winner Rob Barber will also both be returning to compete for the top spot."

magicsmoke
20 May 2011, 1754
So Rutter gets the new E1pc and Miller gets last year's with a revamp!

http://www.iomtt.com/News/2011/05/20/Michael-Rutter-confirmed-for-2011-SES-TT-Zero-electric-race.aspx

magicsmoke
04 June 2011, 1126
First TT Zero practice session just finished.
Only 5 bikes took to the course but that's ok, some of the riders had just jumped off of their ICE bikes and chose to give it a miss. Another practice session on Monday.
Lightning were one of the teams not to go out tonight but I spoke with Richard Hatfield who seemed pretty upbeat and explained that they'd only received the cells this morning and were in the process of constructing the packs. MotoCzysz only fielded one of their bikes, but it was their new one with Rutter on board who clocked a 92mph average.

Here's a pic of the new 2011 MotoCzysz ...

jpanichella
04 June 2011, 1135
Wow that bike looks great. Any higher res pictures?

magicsmoke
04 June 2011, 1201
Any higher res pictures?

I only took this one pic. I do have it as a higher res but don't know how to post it!

jpanichella
04 June 2011, 1233
You need to use something like photobucket or flickr to host the photo. I use Picassa because I already have a gmail account.

magicsmoke
04 June 2011, 1238
You need to use something like photobucket or flickr to host the photo. I use Picassa because I already have a gmail account.

Ha, good timing. I've just got back in. Anyway, here's some much better photies. ...

http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bikes/upclose-2011-motoczysz-e1pc/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AsphaltandRubber+%28Asphalt+% 26+Rubber%29

BoneFire
04 June 2011, 1252
Like these high res pics from http://ttlive.iomtt.com/index.htm:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63355612@N05/5796670943/sizes/l/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63355612@N05/5796677303/sizes/l/in/photostream/

BoneFire
04 June 2011, 1312
I hope there will be some cool vidz popping up on YT before too long, but does anybody know when/where tv coverage will be available in the USA?
Increased TV exposure for TT Zero 2011
Interest in the TT Zero clean emissions bike race is growing since the first race in 2009 and North One Television, who control the sales and distribution of the TT Races, has confirmed that this year the programming will include an in-depth analysis of the TT Zero race in their international highlights package which will go out on leading broad-casters worldwide.

Source (http://www.iomtt.com/TT-2011/TT-Zero.aspx)

Edit: Ahhhh, just needed to explore the page a little more.
International broadcasters of the 2011 TT, as well as schedules, will appear on this page as the become available.


http://www.iomtt.com/TT-2011/TT-2011-on-TV.aspx

Dicey
04 June 2011, 1325
That 2011 Motoczys is a brillaint looking bike. I have a feeling that if only one of their bikes break the 100mph barrier it will be the 2010 bike. Apparently the 2011 bike was untested when it arrived on the island.

Nuts & Volts
04 June 2011, 1408
The kingston bike at 485lbs and with its motor and controller combo will be pretty deadly. They may have a good shot at beating the 100mph mark.

Thanks for all the pictures and vids!

magicsmoke
04 June 2011, 1432
The kingston bike at 485lbs and with its motor and controller combo will be pretty deadly. They may have a good shot at beating the 100mph mark.

If so then they're keeping something back so far. They 'only' hit 96.1mph compared to Czysz's 142.8 through the Sulby speed trap.
As it happens I was stood in the race office when the times flashed up on the screens and it caused quite a stir among the officials, each asking the other if they'd seen it and how it was faster than some of the 600s. One of them pointed out however that it wasn't as high as the 212 from a couple of years ago! (ICE obviously)

Nuts & Volts
04 June 2011, 1641
Interesting, thanks magic. The kingston motor diesnt rev too high so maybe they are taking it easy or need better gearing. Or battery voltage is limiting them. Well see as the weeks progress

Biff
04 June 2011, 1657
Just Posted on the IOM website results from Practice I belive. (the webpage says Qualifying, the link to the webpage said practice)

Motocysz (new bike) 93Mph Average Speed
Kingston University 82Mph
MIT 76Mph
Prozza 66Mph

http://cdn.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2011/Results/040611/TT%20Zero%20session.ashx

I imagine there is more to come.

BoneFire
04 June 2011, 1709
MotoCzysz to the starting line for practice lap.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzaL9HkFtNY

BoneFire
04 June 2011, 1715
Practice at Jurby airfield.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4mE89vlse8&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

A-Bomb
04 June 2011, 1759
Thank for staying on top of it Bonefire. I sure appreciate it!

jazclrint
05 June 2011, 0843
Check out caferacer on twitter. He took a few photos of the TTZero bikes as they lined up for practice. http://twitter.com/#!/caferace

BoneFire
05 June 2011, 2349
Thank for staying on top of it Bonefire. I sure appreciate it!

YW. Hoping for more YT videos. I don't see any new news yet for the emc racers, but I did find a cool action pic of the motoczyxz e1pc here (http://www.iomtt.com/News/2011/06/04/SES-TT-Zero-machines-get-first-taste-of-action-in-2011.aspx). Cropped it to post 'cause the original is a huge pic.

http://i51.tinypic.com/2m7u5hx.jpg

magicsmoke
06 June 2011, 0222
Hopefully the local team ManTTX will be testing up at Jurby today and I can get some pics.
They didn't make Saturday's practice 'cause apparently they're running a gearbox this year and had fitted a Sprag clutch (presumably to stop the motor being overdriven by the back wheel), but it packed in while testing at Jurby on Friday.
I think they're running the same basic package as last year i.e. Twin Agni 95R in a Ducati frame. If so, It'll be interesting to see what effect the gearbox has.

I'll also pop in and see whether the Lightning and the second MotoCzsyz are out for tonight's practice.
Anyway Supersport Race1 starts in 25mins, gotta go and get a place on the hedge :)

teddillard
06 June 2011, 0258
SWEET! Can't wait to see something other than the Motosizzle. Not that it ain't pretty. :cool:

I just was poking around (http://evmc2.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/ses-tt-zero-2011-first-taste-round-one-practice-from-saturday/) to find any other coverage... on the official site they're talking 9 entrants now, (down from 19 claimed a month or so ago...) and only 4 ran on Saturday.

jazclrint
06 June 2011, 0530
I just got confirmation that Lighting is there, not that you guys were worried, but it's nice to have someone 'yep, they are here'. Jim (caferacer) said no pics yet because they are deep in electronics at the moment.

teddillard
06 June 2011, 0559
I just got confirmation that Lighting is there, not that you guys were worried, but it's nice to have someone 'yep, they are here'. Jim (caferacer) said no pics yet because they are deep in electronics at the moment.

uh... yeah.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/254567_10150194108436366_501646365_7451478_3402879 _n.jpg

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150194108436366&set=t.100000602744552&type=1&theater

From Amadeus Photography:
http://amadeusphotography.com/

magicsmoke
06 June 2011, 0711
Due to today's tragic events in which a third competitor lost their life at this year's meeting, scheduling is a bit off and there was no access time slot get to Jurby.
On my way to the paddock now and see if I can get some shots of the 16.15pm practice start.

Remember you can listen live 24/7 to the TT at ... http://ttlive.iomtt.com/index.htm

Nuts & Volts
06 June 2011, 0820
TT Zero coverage on right now!

Sorry to hear about the tragedies that have happened at the TT this year

Richard230
06 June 2011, 1502
The British magazine, Motor Cycle News, is not too impressed with the MotoCzysz's performance so far at the IOM. They are doubting that it has 200 hp, or can maintain that power output for more than a few seconds. Read their comments here:

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/New-bikes/2011/June/jun0611-why-motoczysz-is-dead-cert-to-win-but-makes-nothing-like-200bhp/_/R-EPI-130990

magicsmoke
06 June 2011, 1523
practice report here ...

http://www.iomtt.com/News/2011/06/06/Sedgeway-Racing-MotoCzysz-continues-to-set-pace-in-SES-TT-Zero-practice.aspx
The Burrows (Lightning) retirement at Whitegates incidentally is about 24 miles into the lap.

Well, I got there too late to get a good photo position for the start and the ones at the end are a bit ropey. I'll see what I can salvage later.

Hmm, technically Lightning, ManTTX, Imperial and Brunel haven't qualified for Wednesday's race having failed to complete a full lap. I think however (fingers crossed), that this can be waived at the discretion of the 'clerk of the course'.

frodus
06 June 2011, 1540
The British magazine, Motor Cycle News, is not too impressed with the MotoCzysz's performance so far at the IOM. They are doubting that it has 200 hp, or can maintain that power output for more than a few seconds. Read their comments here:

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/New-bikes/2011/June/jun0611-why-motoczysz-is-dead-cert-to-win-but-makes-nothing-like-200bhp/_/R-EPI-130990

I'm a bit skeptical of the 200hp claim, but I'm equally skeptical of the calculations they used (as are other posters in comments).

podolefsky
06 June 2011, 1719
I'm a bit skeptical of the 200hp claim, but I'm equally skeptical of the calculations they used (as are other posters in comments).

Top fuel dragsters only hit 330 mph. I therefore claim they couldn't make more than 1000 hp. QED (Latin for "I'm an idiot")

teddillard
06 June 2011, 1731
Got a note from Richard just now:
http://evmc2.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/lightning-is-alive-at-iom-richard-checks-in/

Here's a shot of the bike...

http://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/john-burrows-lightning-motorcycles-isle-of-man-tt-grid.jpg?w=640&h=448

(Photo: © 2011 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt and Rubber (http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/) – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0)

magicsmoke
06 June 2011, 1756
Nice one Ted. I hope that the only issue they had was charge time 'cause it sure left the start line like a rocket.

I was about 15ft further to the right of this photie, just past the fuel fillers, and by the time he passed me my daughter's camera which I was using was too slow (can't turn off autofocus!) to snap him.
In 2009 my other daughter erased all my pics of the TTXGP from my phone so she could use the card. This year i bought a modest little video/stills camera for such events and on Thursday last she dropped it in a pool in Spain, along with my phone!

castrophony
07 June 2011, 1043
Hi guys,
Got linked here from our yutube video - I'm one of the Kingsotn Team members and never realised there was an electric bike forum... AWESOME! Looking forward to seeing how the other bikes get on and contribute to some discussion on the TT Zero :)

magicsmoke
07 June 2011, 1117
welcome castrophony, not enough UK members on here :)

Was looking at Kingston's partners ecotricity and vepro's sites the other day. Quite a team!
http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/about/ion-horse
http://www.vepro.co.uk/intro.html

Anyway, straight to it. What's what with your TT Zero this year?

podolefsky
07 June 2011, 1236
New link for video. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/06/07/motoczysz-2011-e1pc-stands-out-from-the-tt-zero-crowd-goes-fast/

Order of appearance in the video (from Hell for Leather, might not be quite right?).

2010.5 MotoCzysz E1pc
Man TTX IOM
Ecotricity
MIT
Brunel X-Team
Team Prozza
2011 MotoCzysz E1pc
Lightning

Nuts & Volts
07 June 2011, 1628
Hi guys,
Got linked here from our yutube video - I'm one of the Kingsotn Team members and never realised there was an electric bike forum... AWESOME! Looking forward to seeing how the other bikes get on and contribute to some discussion on the TT Zero :)

So jealous of your motor and controller :) best choice ever. Also saw your build videos for the first IOM bike, great stuff!

castrophony
08 June 2011, 1009
The running order on the video posted to HFL is incorrect; the second bike is actually the Man TTX IOM effort, and the Ecotricity/Kingston bike is not shown. The reason for our bike being missed out is not given which is a little frustrating!! All I know is that our Yasa motor and 1.04 gear ratio is pretty much silent, so cannot be mistaken for the high pitched sound of the other bikes. If anyone on here has any trackside vids or pictures, please do give me a link, it'd be great to see the bike in action because all we ever see id a departure and arrival at the pitlane!
the Sevcon controller is a great bit of kit, hoever our pack was designed to shunt out 450v whereas the Sevcon unit has hardwired cutouts at 420, meaning we had to drop cells :( The same controller appears in the Brammo bikes I believe.

Simon

podolefsky
08 June 2011, 1022
Thanks Simon - I added Man TTX IOM 2nd, but now I don't know if I have the order right at all. Can you check? Or I can just take the order off if it's not clear.

Nuts & Volts
08 June 2011, 1030
Simon, yea the lower voltage level on the Sevcon stinks, sorry you guys had to lose some batteries. The Brammo production bikes actually use a Gen4 sevcon. The Racing Brammo Empulse TT may use the Gen5 like you guys, but I can't confirm that.

Totally love your swingarm and motor setup. You should start a thread dedicated to the Kingston bike (that is if you can share more details)!

castrophony
08 June 2011, 1536
Simon, yea the lower voltage level on the Sevcon stinks, sorry you guys had to lose some batteries. The Brammo production bikes actually use a Gen4 sevcon. The Racing Brammo Empulse TT may use the Gen5 like you guys, but I can't confirm that.

Totally love your swingarm and motor setup. You should start a thread dedicated to the Kingston bike (that is if you can share more details)!

We are using the same Gen5 controller as the Empulse bike, will check and see what I can share with a view to starting thread with pics from the build. We were talking today about how with eracing as a nucleonic sport emerging especially in road racing, the sharing of information and ideas can only be a benefit; the average top speed laps at the Isle of Man reflect a 10% year on year improvement and this can only be continued through mutual progress with others in the emerging industry; with that in mind,

Forward gents!!

Ecotricity Kingston Uni thread (http://www.elmoto.net/showthread.php?1360-Ecotricity-Kingston-University-Ion-Horse-TTZero-Bike)

~ Simon

ps Podolefsky: the order is otherwise correct so feel free to leave it up! I guess the problem stems from entering a green and black bike into a Zero E race amongst other green and black bikes! Still puzzled as to how ours was missed, guess it just snuck up on the camera guy...

Richard230
09 June 2011, 0750
MCN is backpedaling a little regarding their MotoCzysz comments. It seems like the MotoCzysz team has been throttling back a little in order to save their batteries and that is why their speeds have not been higher at the IOM. Read more here: http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/New-bikes/2011/June/jun0911-moto-czysz-when-batteries-have-full-power-its-just-mind-blowing/

Nuts & Volts
09 June 2011, 0950
2011 MotoCzysz E1PC - Rutter - 99.6mph lap so close!!!!
2010 MotoCzysz E1PC - Miller - 98.3mph lap
Kingston Ion Horse - Spence - 88.4mph lap
MIT - Brew - 79.1mph lap
Prozza - Matsu****a - 69.8mph lap

It sounds like Lightning, ManXTT, Brunel and Imperial all stopped and sounds like they didnt finish the lap

Congrats to everyone. Looks like the 100mph mark is still up for grabs!!

Biff
09 June 2011, 0958
MCN is back bedaling as they should, just because you don't use 200hp on a straight dosn't mean you couldn't if you wanted.

Not many people know that the Bugatti Veyron's (250mph car) tires will wear out at top speed in 15 minutes, that it will actually use all the fuel in the tank in 7minutes if you go top speed, and there are only a few test tracks in the world where you could actually get up to top speed. But still people call it a 250mph 1000hp super car.

If you have 14kWh of energy to use in a race that lats 22minutes ( about 1/3 of an hour) you want to average about 40kW of power draw otherwise you won't make the finish line. If you start ripping down the straights using 200hp (150kW) you will have a tough time averaging 40kW draw for the race, its that simple.


-ryan

Richard230
10 June 2011, 1456
More news from the IOM: http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/General-news/2011/June/jun1011-manx-court-rakes-in-70000-in-speeding-fines/_/R-EPI-131100

magicsmoke
10 June 2011, 1550
A short 2min vid of the bikes going through Ballacraine (about 7.5 miles in). Should've been a bit longer but I miscounted and only got 8 of the 9 starters.
Remember that at the TT, the bikes are set off at 10 second intervals so the field isn't really as strung out as it appears.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGalJgUwafk

BaldBruce
13 June 2011, 1912
Here is a copy of an email sent out by alliancerenewableenergy about their experience at the race.
1323

"
The TT Zero race was scheduled for 3:45pm on Wednesday. Wednesday morning 6am came with the bike disassembled in our tent still after working for 30 hours straight. The Remy engineers left for a shower and a coffee and I caught 20 minutes sleep on the floor by the bike. We still needed new cabling and some parts machined and we had less than 10 hours before the race. Jim, one of the Marshalls that shared the home in Bradden with us dropped by and advised that we should pray for rain. It seemed like the only chance to finish the bike in time for the race, so after a quick prayer I jumped back into cabling. Thankfully the Remy engineers returned to lend their capable hands. By mid-afternoon the bike was still many hours from done and we heard the impossible. Rain falling on the roof of the tent. We seemed to catch a second wind (maybe third) and stepped up our efforts. By 2pm we were notified that we were saved by the rain, the race was postponed until Thursday. Shortly after we received notice of the race delay there was a bright flash and one of the engineers jumped backwards. A short had occurred that left two of his fingers burned requiring the track paramedics to take him to the hospital for dressings. We were tired and not strictly adhering to the rule that we always wear nitrile gloves when near a live pack. Shortly after he returned the Remy engineers had to leave to catch their rescheduled flight out. At this point our team consisted of Shei, one of the Marshalls who also by good fortune was an electrician, and John Burrows' very capable race crew. After Shei's girlfriend made us tea and gave us time to reflect I decided that the highest probability to finish the bike was to re-cable the bike in series. This meant disassembling the bike yet again. When I asked John Burrows if his crew could helped he told me that they still had to put motors in his petrol bikes that night. John asked how long it would take. I replied that with their help and the parts already being machined we should be able to disassemble the bike and be ready to reassemble in 30 minutes. At this time it had taken us over 2 days non stop to machine and fit parts and cable the bike. After a quick look of disbelief John gathered his crew and instructed them to assist with the rebuild. We covered the battery shipping container with a shipping blanket and made a make shift operating table. After removing the side frame and re-cabling the batteries we were ready for reassembly. John looked at his watch and said "Richard you lied to us. You said this would only take half an hour and it's been 31 minutes." With an additional 2 hours we had the fairings fitted and began charging the cells. By midnight we headed off to catch some sleep so we could return by 6AM. In the morning I continued the charge process and the John Burrows crew competed final prep and applied the race graphics. At that time our main competitor and the last years race winner Michael Czysz stuck his head in our tent and commented "Your applying the graphics you must be ready!" I continued to monitor the voltage hoping to bring the cells up as high as possible without exceeding the maximum voltage limitations of our controller. This would give us the maximum energy possible and the best opportunity to win the race. 60 minutes before the race I unplugged the charger to fire up the bike to confirm that we had not exceeded the high voltage limits. We were at 418VDC and needed to charge as close as possible to the maximum voltage we had tested the cells to. The bike would not start. Our attempt to override the 415V high voltage cutoff had failed. The Burrows team once again jumped into action and took one of our spare Anderson charge connector and attached it to a tea pot. We plugged in the Anderson and turned on the pot and the nearly 1/2 gallon tea pot was at a rolling boil within 3 seconds. We unplugged the tea pot and refilled it with cold water. Once again after reconnecting we achieved full boil within 3 seconds then then the tea pot failed. We were still at 417VDC! The Burrows crew soldered the Anderson connector to a five plug strip and we plugged in a pair of tire warmers, a soldering iron and a second tea pot and monitored them very closely to prevent failure. After 30 minutes of plugging and unplugging the tire warmers we were down to a "safe" 414VDC. Once again we attempted to fire up the bike and this time it started. We gathered our gear and headed for the Scrutineers and skated through tech inspection. The two Czysz bikes started first with our bike following. John ran a smart race and paced the two Czysz bikes planning to pass them towards the end of the race if he had sufficient energy left in the batteries. John reported after the race that although he never exceeded 25% throttle he easily kept pace with the two leaders who were on track to set the first 100mph average lap by electric motorcycles at the TT. We hovered over the lap tops waiting to see the time separation between each bike as it completed the sector. Near the end of the race we saw the two leaders had passed through the segment and we waited to see the separation between our bike. 20 seconds passed and then 30 seconds turned into 40 and we still waited. Something had gone wrong. The leaders crossed the finish line and we waited still no word on John. Then the 3rd place bike , the 4th place, and the fifth place bikes crossed. Still no Johnny B. After a few more minutes we saw a group of Marshall's bike motoring slowly up the side of the course. Johnny was pushing the bike up the last hill to finish the race. After crossing the finish line he collapsed out of breath by the fence.
Although this was not the outcome that we had hoped for John's performance was heroic. We now know what needs to be done to the bikes to win the race and we have 360 days to complete them. The consolation prize was that even though the winning bike followed team orders and drafted the second place bike to maximize his battery his time was only 99.6 mph. We still have the opportunity to be the first bike to break the 100mph average mark next year. On the island we were warmly welcomed. The TT Zero was a true adventure, we are looking forward to redeeming ourselves next year.

Nuts & Volts
13 June 2011, 2048
Thanks for sharing Bruce! great stuff

teddillard
14 June 2011, 0321
If you want to read it with line breaks, I posted it to my blog with a bit of editing...
http://evmc2.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/lightning-at-iom-ttzero-tire-warmers-a-soldering-iron-and-a-second-tea-pot/