The FIM has announced its own electric race series separate from the TTXGP eGrandPrix. FIM e-Power has already put four dates on next year’s calendar and left the option open to schedule more, but no details of the formula or rules have yet been released. TTXGP had been working closely with the FIM to plan next year’s eGrandPrix series. While the eGrandPrix will still go forward, the presence of a competing series organized by international motorcycle racing’s governing body is obviously going to hurt. TTXGP stated, “FIM’s unilateral decision means that our energies are divided and the force diluted. The real victim will be the consumer and the industry which demands change to embrace a valuable opportunity. FIM appears to have no vision which will assist its own industry.”
So where does this leave eGrandPrix? Well, as far as we can tell, ahead
of the FIM. The series already has its own turnkey racer, the KTM
RC8-based Mavizen TTX02 and even a US race already on the calender, May
14-16 at Infineon. It also has the benefit of existing teams, with many
of the inaugural TTXGP competitors having already committed to the
series. That brings its total number of races to six, four in the UK,
one at the TT and the one at Infineon.
We’re hoping to hear back from the FIM with details of its planned
series and the reason why it ended its partnership with TTXGP. One thing it does have is access to major existing races. The four e-Power dates all support existing endurance races – the Le Mans 24 Hours on 18 April, the Albacete 8 Hours, Bol d’Or on 12 September and the Doha 8 Hours on 14 November.