MotoCzysz breaks 100 mph barrier at TT Zero
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
MotoCzysz will try to make its racing record official at the TT Zero race Wednesday.
In a practice run at the motorcycle race track on the Isle of Man, a rider on the 2012 MotoCzysz racing bike broke the 100 miles-per-hour barrier for the first time with an electric engine.
Rider Michael Rutter averaged 102.5 mph on the challenging 37 mile TT Zero course. He was riding a new 2012 e1PC electric racing bike from Portland-based MotoCzysz, according to a report in Gas 2.0.
The official TT Zero race is Wednesday.
While MotoCzysz bikes took home both the first- and second-place trophies in the race last year, the racing team fell just short of "smashing the ton" as its called when a rider maintains a speed of over 100 mph. Reports indicate that gas-powered motorcycles took 50 years to achieve the same goal.
In a blog about the new design, Michael Czysz, MotoCzysz founder, said changes made to the 2012 racing bike focused on aerodynamics — invoking the distinctive shape of the Kardashian sisters as an example of how the c1PC is evolving.
Before leaving for the Isle of Man late last month, MotoCzysz officials announced a $27 million deal to sell its electric drive to a Brazilian auto maker.
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