Electric bike: The future of motorcycling?
It's not exactly green, but has enough torque to rip your face off...
Electric vehicles are everywhere, and getting a bad rap from cars like the uninspiring G-Whizz and the worthy but boring Prius, but here's one that breaks that mold.
Far from an everyday runabout, this track tool is the winner of the Isle of Man TT Zero.
Called the the MotoCzysz E1PC, it packs 10 times the battery capacity of a Toyota Prius and churns out 2.5 times the torque of a Ducati 1198 superbike - which will provide enough mind-melting acceleration already.
Check out the stunning pics in our MotoCzysz E1PC gallery here.
The bike was designed ground-up to run on the enormous banks of batteries visible in the pictures, as opposed to many of its peers that are essentially customised petrol road bikes.
Built by US-based Michael Czysz, the bike hit a top speed of 140 mph and lapped the 37.7-mile TT course at an average speed of 94.66 mph – just short of the magical 100mph average required for a ‘serious’ lap.
The team narrowly missed out on a £10,000 prize that was put up by the Isle of Man Government for the first 100mph lap - the current (petrol) lap record stands at a stunning 131.578mph.
As well as using entirely new technologies to minimise wind resistance (such as multiple rider positions to increase aerodynamics), the bike engine develops its 100 HP and 250 Lb-Ft of torque continuously, unlike traditional petrol powerbands.
According to the builders, the bike only used 40 per cent of it's throttle around the TT course... One thing is for sure, if this is the future, we want one now!
Photos: Amadeus Photography. Via: PopSci