Earlier today we revealed the MotoCzysz E1pc, the electric motorcycle we think stands an excellent chance of winning next Friday's zero emissions TTXGP race at the Isle of Man. We knew it was a high-tech bike, but didn't realize it'd use an iPhone for all its instrumentation.
No word on exactly how it's integrated into the bike or if it just uses
the iPhone's native accelerometer, but the iPhone can already track
location and speed via GPS and can even measure performance metrics
like lateral G, top speed and acceleration through various apps.
The E1pc can accelerate to 120mph in just "seven or eight seconds"
according to Michael Czysz, the company's founder. That's as fast as
the 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Unlike the Mission One or Brammo Enertia TTR, the E1pc uses a total of
10 battery packs and three motors, as well as chassis and suspension
know-how borrowed from MotoCzysz's aborted MotoGP effort. It could very
well be the fastest electric motorcycle ever made, even topping the
Mission One's 150mph top speed.
The TTXGP is the world's first zero emissions road race. Taking place
on the famed Isle of Man Mountain Course next Friday's, it's bringing
zero emissions competitors from all over the world.
Czysz explains why it's so exciting, "June 12, 2009, on the Isle of
Man, will be the worlds first zero emissions (electric) Grand Prix, the
TTXGP. With teams from around the world ascending on the Isle, this is
a true international competition and even though the machines are
futuristic the race is not and the premise even less so- this is an old
fashion 'run what you brung' race. Never would my Grand Father or even
my Father imagined such a motorcycle would ever exist, even I would
have doubted this event possible in 2009 only a few years ago."