TT Zero

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2014 Isle of Man TT Mark Miller (6) VercarMoto, TT Zero Race at Parliament Square, Ramsey, 4 June 2014
Race details
Date 10 June 2015
Location Douglas, Isle of Man
Course Road Course
37.73 mi (60.72 km)
2015 Isle of Man TT Races
Pole Position Fastest Lap
John McGuinness John McGuinness
113.06 mph 119.279 mph
Podium
1. John McGuinness
2. Bruce Anstey 3. Lee Johnston

TT Zero – an electric motorsport event new for the 2010 Isle of Man TT races – replaced the TTXGP race as a 1-lap (37.733 miles) circuit of the Snaefell Mountain Course. The TT Zero event as an officially sanctioned Isle of Man TT race is for racing motorcycles where "The technical concept is for motorcycles (two wheeled) to be powered without the use of carbon based fuels and have zero toxic/noxious emissions." [1] The Isle of Man Government offered a prize of £10,000 for the first entrant to exceed the prestigious 100 mph (22 minutes and 38.388 seconds) average speed around the Mountain Course.

The inaugural 2010 TT Zero race was won by Mark Miller riding a MotoCzysz E1pc motor-cycle in 23 minutes and 22.89 seconds at an average race speed of 96.820 mph for 1 lap (37.733 miles) of the Mountain Course and the first United States winner since Dave Roper won the 1984 Historic TT riding a 500cc Matchless. The TT Zero race replaced the TTXGP franchise with the simplification of the regulations[2] and the emphasis on electric powered motor-cycles.[3] The MotoCzysz E1pc was also the first American manufactured motor-cycle to win an Isle of Man TT Race since Oliver Godfrey won the 1911 Senior TT with an Indian V-Twin motor-cycle. The 2010 TT Zero race also produced the return of semi-dustbin fairing permissible under the TT Zero regulations and adopted by some entrants, but banned by the FIM since 1958 for racing motor-cycles.[4]

Eligibility[edit]

Entrants[edit]

  • Entrants must be in possession of a valid National Entrants or FIM Sponsors Licence for Road Racing.
  • All motor-cycles must comply with Appendix D of the ACU National Sporting Code Group A1 for solos.[5]

Machines[edit]

Description

  • Prototype electrically propelled motor-cycles. Powered solely by stored electricity (battery/accumulator)

Weight

  • Motor-cycles minimum weight is 100 kg and up to 300 kg. Weighed in race ready mode.

Accumulator (storage battery)

  • The accumulator is defined as any equipment used for the intermediate storage of electrical energy supplied by the solar generator or by the charging unit. Any on-board accumulator is considered as an integral part of the vehicle’s accumulator. All on-board electrical equipment, unless consisting of items originally powered by dry batteries, small accumulator or their own solar cells, must receive its energy supply from the vehicle’s official accumulator.[6]

Voltage

  • The voltage is limited to 500 volts between two points.[7]

Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems

  • It is permitted to recover energy generated by the kinetic energy of the vehicle using a Regenerative brake or Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS).[8]

Aerodynamic aids and Streamlining.

  • The competitor must be completely visible from either side, except for the riders hands and forearms which may be obscured by bodywork.
  • Bodywork in front of the rider must not be higher than the competitor's shoulders.

Official Qualification Time[edit]

  • 45 minutes an average speed of 50.31 mph for 1 lap of the Mountain Course without stopping.[9]

TT Zero Race Results[edit]

2010 TT Zero Race[edit]

10 June 2010 1 Lap (37.773 Miles) Mountain Course.[10]

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United States Mark Miller MotoCzysz E1pc / MotoCzysz 96.820 mph 23' 22.89
2 England Rob Barber Agni Motors / Agni Racing 89.290 mph 25' 21.19
3 England James McBride Man TTX / Man TTX Racing 88.653 mph 25' 32.13
4 England Jenny Tinmouth Agni Motors / Agni Racing 88.228 mph 25' 39.50
5 Scotland George Spence Peter Williams / Kingston University 64.705 mph 34' 59.19

Fastest Lap and New Inaugural Lap Record:Mark Miller – 96.820 mph (23' 22.89) on lap 1.

2011 TT Zero Race[edit]

9 June 2011 1 Lap (37.73 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 England Michael Rutter MotoCzysz 99.604 mph 22' 43.68
2 United States Mark Miller MotoCzysz 98.288 mph 23' 01.93
3 Scotland George Spence Kingston University 88.435 mph 25' 35.90
4 Isle of Man Allan Brew MIT 79.163 mph 28' 35.81
5 Japan Yoshinari Matsushita Team Prozza 69.877 mph 32' 23.81

Fastest Lap and New Race Record: Michael Rutter – 99.604 mph (22' 43.68) on lap 1.

2012 TT Zero Race[edit]

6 June 2012 1 Lap (37.73 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 England Michael Rutter MotoCzysz 104.056 mph 21' 45.33
2 England John McGuinness Mugen Shinden 102.215 mph 22' 08.85
3 United States Mark Miller MotoCzysz 101.065 mph 22' 23.97
4 England Rob Barber TGM IOT 78.221 mph 28' 56.45
  • (9 Starters)

Fastest Lap and New Race Record: Michael Rutter – 104.056 mph (22' 23.97) on lap 1.

2013 TT Zero Race[edit]

5 June 2013 1 Lap (37.73 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 England Michael Rutter MotoCzysz 109.675 mph 20' 38.461
2 England John McGuinness Mugen Shinden 109.527 mph 20' 40.133
3 England Rob Barber RW-2 / Ohio State University 90.403 mph 25' 02.467
4 Scotland George Spence Kingston University 88.096 mph 25' 41.822
5 England Chris McGahan Yamaha R6E 83.857 mph 26' 59.755
6 Wales Ian Lougher Komatti-Mirai Racing 81.515 mph 27' 46.300
7 Isle of Man David Madsen-Mygdal Imperial 71.983 mph 31' 26.933
8 Wales Paul Owen Brunel BX/Brunel University 71.738 mph 31' 33.388
  • (10 Starters)

Fastest Lap and New Race Record: Michael Rutter – 109.675 mph (20' 38.461) on lap 1.

2014 TT Zero Race[edit]

4 June 2014 1 Lap (37.73 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 England John McGuinness Shinden San / Team Mugen 117.366 mph 19' 17.300
2 New Zealand Bruce Anstey Shinden San / Team Mugen 115.048 mph 19' 40.625
3 England Rob Barber RW-2x / Ohio State University 93.531 mph 24' 12.230
4 Scotland Robert Wilson Team Sarolea Racing 93.507 mph 24' 12.600
5 United States Mark Miller Vercar Moto 85.828 mph 26' 22.828
6 France Timothee Monot TT Zero 81.515 mph 29' 02.378
  • (9 Starters)

Fastest Lap and New Race Record: John McGuinness – 117.366 mph (19' 17.300) on lap 1.

2015 TT Zero Race[edit]

10 June 2015 1 Lap (37.73 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 England John McGuinness Shinden San / Team Mugen 119.279 mph 18' 58.743
2 New Zealand Bruce Anstey Shinden San / Team Mugen 118.857 mph 19' 02.785
3 Northern Ireland Lee Johnston Victory Racing 111.620 mph 20' 16.881
4 England Guy Martin Victory Racing 109.717 mph 20' 37.987
5 Scotland Robert Wislon Team Sarolea Racing 106.510 mph 21' 15.256
6 Republic of Ireland Michael Sweeney University Of Nottingham 73.156 mph 30' 56.695
  • (9 Starters)

Fastest Lap and New Race Record: John McGuinness – 119.279 mph (18' 58.743) on lap 1.

2016 TT Zero Race[edit]

7 June 2016 1 Lap (37.73 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 New Zealand Bruce Anstey Shinden Go / Team Mugen 118.416 mph 19' 07.043
2 England William Dunlop Victory Racing 115.844 mph 19' 32.504
3 England Daley Mathison University of Nottingham 99.884 mph 22' 39.864
4 England John McGuinness Shinden Go / Team Mugen 94.949 mph 23' 50.538
5 South Africa Allann Venter Brunel 94.628 mph 23' 55.383
  • (7 Starters)

Fastest race lap by year[edit]

(practice & qualifying session laps not included)

Year Rider(s) Machine Lap time Average speed
mph km/h
2010 Mark Miller MotoCzysz E1pc / MotoCzysz 23:22:89 96.820 155.817
2011 Michael Rutter MotoCzysz 22:43:68 99.604 160.297
2012 Michael Rutter MotoCzysz 21:45:33 104.056 167.462
2013 Michael Rutter MotoCzysz 20:38:461 109.675 176.505
2014 John McGuinness Shinden San / Team Mugen 19:17:300 117.366 188.882
2015 John McGuinness Shinden San / Team Mugen 18:58:743 119.279 191.961
2016 Bruce Anstey Shinden Go / Team Mugen 19:07:043* 118.416 190.572

(*)note special conditions

The 2016 winning time failed to improve on the 2015 time not because of any lack of technical improvements, but due to Anstey backing off to secure a safe win, having passed his main rival McGuinness who paused mid-race due to accidentally engaging the 'kill switch'. On finishing the race, Anstey said; "the bike still has lots of battery left" (riders would normally try to utilize all the battery capacity during the race). The Victory team's 2016 lap speed improved by 4 mph over their 2015 speed. In general the TT Zero lap speeds have been improving at an average rate of around 4 mph each year since the series began (119.279 mph as of 2015), and thus could achieve 130 mph by around 2020, and catch up with the gasoline bikes in subsequent years. The Superbike TT lap records typically improve by 0.5-1 mph each year, with 2016 record of 133.393 mph.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ REGULATIONS TT ZERO – 2010 International Tourist Trophy – Isle of Man 29 May – 11 June p27 ACU Events Ltd (2010)
  2. ^ Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Races – Official Programme May 29–11 June 2010 page 14 Isle of Man Department of Community, Culture & Leisure – ACU Events Ltd (2010) Mannin Media Group Ltd
  3. ^ REGULATIONS TT ZERO – 2010 International Tourist Trophy – Isle of Man 29 May – 11 June Appendix C page 25–27 ACU Events Ltd (2010)
  4. ^ 50 Years of Moto Grand Prix page 47 editor Dennis Noyes Motorcourse (1999) Hazleton Publishing Ltd Presented by Dorna; Jarrod Book Printing ISBN 978-1-874557-83-8
  5. ^ REGULATIONS TT ZERO – 2010 International Tourist Trophy – Isle of Man 29 May – 11 June page 2 ACU Events Ltd (2010)
  6. ^ REGULATIONS TT ZERO – 2010 International Tourist Trophy – Isle of Man 29 May – 11 June Appendix C page 25 ACU Events Ltd (2010)
  7. ^ REGULATIONS TT ZERO – 2010 International Tourist Trophy – Isle of Man 29 May – 11 June Appendix C page 25 ACU Events Ltd (2010)
  8. ^ REGULATIONS TT ZERO – 2010 International Tourist Trophy – Isle of Man 29 May – 11 June Appendix C page 25 ACU Events Ltd (2010)
  9. ^ REGULATIONS TT ZERO – 2013 International Tourist Trophy – Isle of Man 25 May – 7th June page 21 ACU Events (Isle of Man) Ltd (2013)
  10. ^ TT News Race Edition Two page 11 10 June 2010 Isle of Man Newspapers ISSN 1471-7905