Photos: Amadeus Photography
Yesterday we showed you the 2010 Agni E1 race bike being campaigned at the TT Zero and suggested its dustbin fairing might not be the ideal solution to aerodynamic efficiency. These new pictures seem to confirm that, the fairing looks like little more than a straight adaptation of shapes last used in the 1950s and no concessions appear to have been made to directing cooling air to the notoriously heat-prone Agni 95 motors. Worse still, there's no rear fairing, meaning all the huge dustbin does is create an extremely large low pressure area right behind it, this could actually have the effect of sucking the bike backwards, blunting acceleration. It does not look like it's the product of wind tunnel testing.
Agni supposedly increased its TT race budget for this year to ï¿½100,000
from last year's ï¿½16,000, but we struggle to see where that money was
spent. Sure, it's got a new controller, but a GSX-R, a few batteries, a
couple of off-the-shelf (albeit of their own design and manufacture)
motors, a fibreglass trashcan and a two-bike team don't seem to justify
six figures. Did Agni really just fail to capitalize on its 2009 win by
not bothering to make any meaningful improvements?