FIM e-Power splits with TTXGP

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FIM_E-Power.jpgThe 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.”
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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.

TTXGP via Wired

  • RT Rider

    I can’t think of anything more exciting than watching electric motorcycles racing. Can these things actually be called a “motor” cycle?

    • salad shooter

      Motorcycle is absolutely correct when referring to electric-powered, two-wheeled vehicles. Technically, internal combustion-powered two-wheelers should be called “enginecycles.”

      • The Shrike

        Dammit Salad. You beat me to it. Enginecycle. Doh!

  • http://www.tanshanomi.com Tanshanomi

    I’m sorry; I don’t see how awful this is for electric racing. Two separate governing bodies add legitimacy as a “real” sport, and keep one bone-headed rule-making committee from totally screwing it up.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I think the concern is that what little investment and participation electric racing is currently able to garner is now being split in two.

      • someofthis

        Does that mean that any American can buy an affordable e-race bike and (white-knuckle track ride)participate in a series of this caliber????

  • matt

    Very cool. The competition will be great for development of new technologies and the advancement of e-drivetrains. I was frankly disappointed to hear the TTXGP was going to become a 1 vehicle only spec class… doesn’t seem to foster innovation. (Unless i am understanding things wrong about the TTXGP)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s not a spec class, just open to electric bikes only.

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