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Rules Wiki 2011 open for business.

January 25, 2011


TTXGP has always been known for being ahead of the pack. In a brand new sport where innovation and technological development are at the heart of the race, how should TTXGP develop rules that encourage innovation and invite new participants while preserving the safety of riders, race stewards and fans?

TTXGP began addressing this questions when, in early 2009, it commissioned an independent panel of international experts in all disciplines relating to emissions transport technology brought together from its membership by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology). In 2010, TTXGP decided to cast its net further by starting a Rules Wiki as a forum for all interested parties to weigh-in with ideas about the rules. After the success of last year’s Rules Wiki, TTXGP has again enlisted the help of the very best Wiki Moderator, EV enthusiast Harry Mallin, to give you an opportunity to have your thoughts heard and us an opportunity to ensure we have the widest possible thought leadership and contribution in 2011:-

Harry said “The Wiki is updated with the current set of technical rules ready for everyone to contribute to, peruse, and debate. You may have joined it in 2010, but it’s time to stop lurking and let us know what you want the Rules to be for 2012.

The 2011 Rules caused a little controversy with the creation of two classes and with the reduction of the weight limit from 300kg to 250kg to encourage innovation in design and efficiency of power delivery, while sustaining the promise of an exciting and competitive field. Rather than talking about the implications from the sidelines, here’s your chance, yet again, to actually have a say in what the rules for electric motorcycle racing ought to be. Please share the wisdom and passion that comes from years of development and work in research labs, universities, and garages and on racetracks and roads all over the world. Your contribution is both valued and necessary.”

TTXGP – be part of it.



TTXGP on The Rules and SWIGZ

November 11, 2010

I recently asked Azhar Hussain, CEO of TTXGP about a recent dust-up involving the 2011 rules (which should be out any day now) and a claim by one of the teams which had planned to participate in 2011, that it would be excluded from the races because of a new weight limit.  (More on the specifics of the weights, the rules, and the claims, later).

TTXGP responded with this message:

TTXGP are very surprised and disappointed to learn via twitter that Swigz are choosing not to join TTXGP in 2011.

TTXGP 2011 will consist of two classes: Formula GP (maximum weight: 250kg) and Formula 75 (maximum weight: 200kg + 7.5kWh limit). The race length is 20miles. was a key channel for rule deliberation. The rule book is open sourced, Harry Mallin of eMotoRules was involved in pulling together the suggested changes for rules of TTXGP 2011. They were then peer reviewed by the independent technical committee from the IET.

TTXGP is not a one man, one company show. Be Part of it is more than a tagline.

It was apparent over the 2010 season that a single class could not meet the best interests of the teams, fans or sponsors. The field was too wide. In this case TTXGP consulted widely, acted responsibly, in the best interest of the sport, community and majority of teams.

The economics of running a racing series means that classes have to be connected to number of entries. Our concern was to create classes that will have the highest number of entries and give the participants a level playing field. We are by nature committed to removing limits where possible.

TTXGP launched the Electric Motorcycle Motorsports in the world stage in 2009. In that time we, as an industry, have learnt a great deal that could move forward the progress and innovation. A key motivating factor for us and the current teams is to build vehicles that have real world applicability. Driving down mass for higher speed leads to higher efficiency and better design and fits in with the goals of the teams and the series.

To date, the rule changes have had a positive response and the teams are encouraged that we have created some sensible classes that will grow the field. Racing needs to both push and constrain to create real world innovation and a thrilling spectacle, in this case we are satisfied that we have struck the right balance for the greater good.

Using the conflict of interest with respect to Mavizen is a moot point. Mavizen exists purely to provide technical support, spare parts, expertise and on occasion, complete platforms to those that need it. No team is required to use Mavizen, though over the year, it has proved crucial to many.

In addition to the class changes, 2011 will also see solutions for logistics and a focused effort to promote the TTXGP teams across the world.

We wish Swigz well in whatever they decide to do.




July 28, 2010

On January 11, 2010, the TTXGP Technical Rules Wiki went live, opening a portal into the future of rulemaking for motorsports.  We invited all interested parties to come and help shape the rules for electric motorcycle racing and announced that the guiding principle would be to “include on merit by default, and then to look for reasons to exclude.”  In other words, when the Wiki “closed,” the hope would be to include all changes unless there were good reason (e.g. safety-related) to forgo the change.

While that still remains the guiding principle, a slight change has been made to the idea of “closing” the Wiki.  If you recall, the Wiki was going to be closed sometime in August, 2010, at which point the Technical Advisory Panel would begin sifting through the contributions for the final draft of the 2011 Technical Rules.  The original announcement said little about the fate of the Wiki after August 2010.

The success of the Wiki (over 19,000 visits to the main page alone in the past six months) has led the TTXGP to decide to encourage the continuation of fan and team interest in the rules by leaving the Wiki open indefinitely.  It will continue to remain a vital, growing, and changing document.  In the interest of drafting the rules for the 2011 TTXGP racing series, however, a “snapshot” of the Wiki will be taken on August 15, 2010, the day of the final race of the North American TTXGP racing championship, at VIR in Southern Virginia, USA.

If you have any ideas that you think should be considered by the TTXGP Technical Advisory Panel when it meets to determine the 2011 Rules, you have a limited amount of time to get those ideas submitted.  There are two ways to do so:

Find the rule you think needs to be “tweaked” (or submit a new rule) on the Technical Rules Wiki at

Submit your idea on the TTXGP Webstorm at If you’re familiar with internet forums, you’ll recognize the layout of the webstorm.  If “wiki” editing doesn’t intimidate you, perhaps the Wiki is your tool of choice.  Either way, you have approximately 2 weeks left before the Wiki Snapshot is taken.  Be the change.  Be part of it.


Azhar talks about the Wiki

June 1, 2010

TTXGP CEO, Azhar Hussain, recently gave an interview to the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Assoaciations (FEMA) and, among other subjects, had some comments to make about the Technical Rules Wiki:

Azhar Hussain: Because the space for innovations is so incredibly huge, we also decided to rely on a Wiki to come up with the rules for the TTXGP 2011.

FEMA: Who makes the rules for the TTXGP races?

A.H.: Usually within a racing organization there is a committee setting the rules. In popular racing series, like MotoGP and Formula 1 the rules serve to keep the races exciting but also to tap development costs. The more sophisticated the rules, the smaller the space for innovation. A small space for innovation in turn leads to a reduced risk of spending money for research and development as well as reducing the goals for wider applicability.

High recognition within the racing community is usually an important condition to become part of the rule setting committing. The result is insiders making the rules for insiders, output from outside is not captured and new ideas can hardly take form and the series becomes remote from wider social, commercial and technical objectives. In order to avoid such phenomena we came up with the idea to create a Wiki to decide on the rules for the TTXGP in 2011. We invite contributions

FEMA: A Wiki is an online platform that allows people to post and to edit and to comment texts or ideas on certain topics, just like Wikipedia. Does that mean that the rules for the TTXGP next year will be decided upon by whoever gives his or her input?

A.H.: In our sector, development and innovation takes place incredibly fast. In order to not miss anything, we invite everybody to participate setting the rules for the TTXGP 2011. Everybody who is interested in motorcycles, battery technology, electronics and mechanics is invited to join. We think this is the best way to keep track with recent developments. Finally a committee of experts will evaluate all the suggestions made and tailor manageable rules and standards. That’s how we try to keep our room for innovation as open as possible.

The rest of the article is filled with great information and insights on the world of electric motorcycles and electric motorcycle racing, as well.



Real World Implications for TTXGP Rules

May 5, 2010

MoTec Advanced Central Logger

Discussions on the Talk pages of the TTXGP Technical Rules Wiki have recently touched on the subject of transmission of information from the team to the bike and from the bike to the team.

A new rule was added that imposes a €10,000 fine on any team transmitting information to its bike.  This rule may be a bit of bait, drawing in an outraged Wiki editor to change it, but it has remained live and unedited since it was drafted, on April 26, 2010.

Perhaps people who read that rule determined that it was so conceptual that it would not become relevant for many years.

According to a recent article on, however, at least one of the TTXGP North American teams is pushing the envelope on the application of this rule.  According to the article:

The MoTeC Advanced Central Logger (ACL) can store data from the race and also allow the rider to switch between multiple power maps to tune power delivery and KERS / regenerative braking on the fly.

Obviously this technology will grant the SWIGZ team an advantage over other bikes if track conditions change during a race. If it starts raining, Chip can switch to a a less aggressive power delivery map. Or, if his tires start to fade, he might want to do the same. Chip explains that this removes concerns from the rider’s mind and will lead to fewer mistakes.

That all sounds amazing but here is the kicker: As Chip exits the apex of a corner he can wack the throttle open and the ACL will analyze lean angle of the bike, depth of discharge of the battery pack, time left in the race, effectiveness of KERS and any other factors and put down the right amount of power for optimal acceleration.

While this advanced technology is currently controlled by the rider, it is a short, conceptual hop to having such a device controlled by the team, who may have a better idea than the rider about what current threats exist in the drive to win the race.

Will race scrutineers be able to recognize devices that have a potential to violate the rules?  Given that the Technical Advisory Panel is comprised of some of the leading experts in their fields of electrical and mechanical engineering, it would be a dangerous gamble to play in the minutes leading up to the race.  OR… someone could go on to the wiki and discuss the need to delete this portion of the rule and proceed with doing away with it.



Werkstatt Racing Announces Fund Raising Party on 5/14/10 for TTXGP Effort

May 1, 2010

I’ll be there.  How about you?

Werkstatt Racing ( is pleased to announce a fundraiser party for their upcoming TTXGP effort. The fundraiser will be held at the historic 106 year old San Francisco Motorcycle Club at 2194 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 on Friday 5/14/2010 from 7:30PM to 10:00 PM. The public, the motorsports media, and other TTXGP participants are
invited. TTXGP racer Jennifer Bromme will be in attendance along with the
Werkstatt Mavizen electric superbike. Come and have a sneak peak at the future
of superbike racing in the historic setting of one of America’s oldest private
motorcycle organizations. Donations to the Werkstatt TTXGP racing effort will be accepted on site.

Background: Werkstatt Racing owner Jennifer Bromme has committed to race in the first ever TTXGP race in 2010 through a special arrangement on a Mavizen ( .

The premier TTXGP event runs in conjunction with the AMA Nationals at Infineon Raceway on May 14-16, 2010.

Werkstatt Racing is a woman owned motorcycle company in
San Francisco that is dedicated to blazing trails in electric motorcycle

More information on Werkstatt’s fundraiser for their TTXGP
entry can be found at:




FIM e-Power at Le Mans: Should all but one bike have been disqualified?

April 26, 2010

Watching this video of the first FIM e-Power race at Le Mans, I noticed that only one of the bikes had a flashing red light on the rear of the bike.

According to the Road Racing FIM e-Power International Championship Regulations, Section 2.4.8:

Power Indicator

When the vehicle is in a powered on state, there must be two clearly visible indicators, one light on the instrument panel and one light on the rear of the vehicle.
The rear light must be red and visible from at least 10m away, from the side or rear, and must flash between 1 – 2 times /second on a 50% duty cycle.
Perhaps it is just a play of the lighting in the video, but at 1:18, the red flashing light of the black and silver bike is clearly visible.  I see no other bikes with lights.
The TTXGP rules contain this requirement, put in place because of one of the inherent differences between electric motorcycles and those powered by internal combustion engines: there is no sound associated with a “live” electric bike at rest.
Should all of the bikes but the one with the clearly visible light been disqualified from the e-Power Le Mans race?  I’ll leave that for the racing experts to debate.