Mark Miller – Team MotoCzysz E1pc;- TT Zero 2nd practice session for the 2010 Isle of Man TT Races 7 June 2010.
The MotoCzysz E1pc is the American motorcycle manufacturer MotoCzysz's electric motorcycle that won the 2010 TT Zero electric motorcycle race at the Isle of Man TT competition breaking the previous speed record.
History and development
Michael Czysz said in an interview on the history of this electric motorcycle:
"In less than five months we took a suggestion and turned it into a motorcycle.
"A motorcycle that is unlike anything I have ever ridden. No gas, no oil, no clutch, no need to even warm up the engine – no engine.
"Gone is the age-old ritual of rhythmical throttle blips that can audible seduce a motorcyclist into a pre-ride trance – now your bike waits for you. Enter what may be the next big thing in motorcycles; invisible, nearly silent and magically linear power."
- Michael Czysz: Technical Director & Designer
- Adrian Hawkins: Lead Engineer
- Marty Schmitz: Machinist
- Terry Czysz: Mechanic
- Levi Patton: Engineer
- Josh Gedlick: Modeler
with assistance from:
- Heath Knapp: Fabricator
- Loni Hull: Electrical Technician
- Andrea Pretzler: Surface Modeler
- Seth McBlair: Body Work / Paint
The MotoCzysz E1pc is described as having "10 times the battery capacity of a Toyota Prius and 2.5 times the torque of a Ducati 1198 [in] a package that looks like something out of a 24th-century Thunderdome." The E1pc is powered by "10 individual lithium polymer cells that each weigh 19.5 Lbs (8.85 KG) and produce 12.5 kWh" and operates close to the maximum allowable 500 volts system. The motive force is provided by a "DC internal permanent magnet motor [called] 'D1g1tal Dr1ve' [and is] small enough to hide within the swingarm beneath the rear shock." The motor is oil-cooled developing 100 HP (75.6 KW) and 250 Lb-Ft (339 Nm) of torque, continuously.
On June 10, 2010, US racer Mark Miller won the TT Zero race on the same course riding a redesigned E1pc with a time of 23 minutes 22.89 seconds and an average speed of 96.820 mph. Beyond the electric motorcycle technical accomplishment, this is "the first time an American-made bike has won a race at the Isle of Man since Indian debuted a two-speed gearbox in 1911," ridden by Briton Oliver Cyril Godfrey, "and only the second time an American rider has finished first there."
On Wednesday June 6th 2012 Michael Rutter and Team Segway Racing MotoCzysz made history on the Isle of Man by becoming the first team to record a 100mph lap of the course in the SES TT Zero race in what is being hailed as one of the greatest achievements in the event's one hundred and five year history. Rutter crossed the line in 21:45.33 (104.056mph) closely followed by John McGuinness on the Team Mugen Shinden machine. Rutter's MotoCzysz teammate Mark Miller finished third, with all three breaking the prestigious 100mph mark, which was first achieved in 1957 by Scotsman Bob McIntyre on a conventional bike.
For the 2013 TT races, Rutter on the MotoCzysz again won from McGuinness on a Mugen, with second MotoCzysz rider Mark Miller suffering mechanical breakdown just after Ballaugh, approximately one-half distance around the road course
- MotoCzysz Wins TT Zero, Sets New Electric Speed Record, Popular Science, 2010-06-11, retrieved 2010-06-14
- Exclusive photo: finished MotoCzysz E1pc revealed, claiming V-MAX-beating acceleration, Motorcycle News, 4 June 2009, retrieved 2010-06-20
- Team MotoCzysz, TTXGP official website, 2010, retrieved 2010-08-01
- The Inside Story of the MotoCzysz E1pc, the World's Most Advanced Electric Motorcycle, Popular Science, 2010-06-09, retrieved 2010-06-14
- TT News 2009 Issue 2 page 3 (Isle of Man Newspapers Ltd – Johnston Press Publishing), 9th June 2009, ISSN 1471-7905
- "Final Results of TTXGP: Isle of Man June 12th 2009". TTXGP.com. June 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-06.