New prize fund at Isle of Man
A new prize fund has been added to encourage more colleges
and universities to enter the TT Zero races and hopefully join the TT Zero 100
Club introduced to recognize the first 100 mph laps by electric motorcycles.
The Isle of Man Government’s Department of Economic
Development has confirmed that the ground-breaking TT Zero Clean Emissions
Motorcycle Race will again take place on the Isle of Man in 2011 as part of the
TT Races. The race is now in its third year and is used by the Department as a
showcase for the Isle of Man’s Clean Tech capabilities as well as encouraging
enterprise and innovation.
bike at the IOM
Allan Bell MHK, Minister, Department of Economic Development,
commented, “Running the electric bike race as part of the TT Races has given us
an excellent platform to demonstrate the Isle of Man’s clean tech capabilities.
This event continues to offer best in practice development and puts the island
at the heart of innovative design and groundbreaking technology.”
The Department has also created a new ‘University Prize’ of
ฃ5,000, which will be awarded to the fastest University or College team as part
of the 2011 Race. University teams representing Kingston, Imperial and Brunel
have already experienced the event and will be among the favorites for the
The Isle of Man Government has also confirmed that there will
be an iconic ‘100 Club’ set up for the first 10 teams who are able to record a
100 mph lap on an clean emissions bike. Each of the ten will also receive an
iconic limited edition replica trophy, designed by a local Manx artist. Each of
the trophies will be individually numbered.
It is not expected that all ten trophies will be given away
in 2011. To date no team has achieved the landmark time around the almost 38
mile (60 km) course, with the current lap record holder for the class, last
year’s winner, Moto Czysz, recording a winning time of 96.82 mph (23:22.89)
average lap speed. This means that the ฃ10,000 prize on offer from the Isle of
Man Government to the first team to record the prestigious mark is also still
available in 2011.
The event has already attracted a number of individuals,
universities and businesses worldwide and to date seven countries have been
represented - UK, Isle of Man, USA, India, Germany, Austria and Sweden. This
year new countries and teams are expected to participate in the race, which will
take place on Wednesday 8th June 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 broadcasters worldwide. The
event has also attracted significant media coverage to date, both from core bike
media as well as national, broadcast and specialist technology press worldwide.
Look at the photo. I want the car, the year and the man. The
This week I asked, look at the photo. I want the car, the year and
the man. The clue: GM. It was Harley Earl the GM designer and the 1938 Buick.