Posts Tagged ‘zero emission’

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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 atwiki.egrandprix.com.

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.

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Square Wave Racing Needs Help, too

May 7, 2010

Another team striving to get to the TTXGP grid is requesting help from the grassroots racing fan community.  Square Wave Racing (SWR) has posted a donation page on Indiegogo.com: http://www.indiegogo.com/Join-the-Electric-Revolution.  Here’s some information about the team:

ABOUT
Square Wave Racing (SWR) needs your help getting to the first TTXGP Zero Emission motorcycle race for 2010!

SWR developed a powerful and competitive electric motorcycle hand-fabricated from a local garage. The team is a true motley crew formed for two reasons only….. promote the electric revolution and win TTXGP races! We need your help though. We are looking for any help or assistance with transportation and shipping costs to get all the way from Columbus, Ohio to the Infineon Raceway in California.

SWR is a partnership between fabricator/team principal John Wild and Sean C. Ewing and Jordan Rhyne of Rhyne Electric Powersports (REP). This partnership was formed to design, build and race an electric motorcycle.

For us, electric vehicles are the future. Electricity from the grid is generated at tightly regulated power plants in large quantities. It is produced more cleanly and efficiently than power produced by a gasoline burning engine. There are zero emissions from the electric vehicle itself. Electric vehicles are quiet, which is a pleasant feature as our world becomes more crowded

Those are the official reasons for going electric racing. For us there are other reasons that are more exciting.

Super bike and MotoGP racing use motorcycle designs that have been refined for decades. The rule books enforce a uniformity of pattern that benefits the established motorcycle producers but slows improvement and keeps the cost of developmentREALLY high. Essentially, only the factory teams have the ability to spend enough money to make the tiny, subtle improvements that make a bike lead the points for a season. If the rules would allow free development motorcycles might begin to look different and change in unexpected ways.

The organizers of the TTXGP have designed their rules to encourage creativity and unconventional thinking, which is very attractive to Rhyne Electric Powersports andSWR. We want to try new ideas, not just polish the well tested and proven ones. We believe that we can imagine solutions to the problems that limit electric vehicles and advance the state of the art very quickly. Also, because the state of the art is currently rather crude, significant improvements can be made for relatively little cost. This is the first year for electric motorcycle racing in North America. We only began our collaboration in February of this year, so making the first races with our donated motorcycle chassis will be a tremendous achievement.

LOCATION
Columbus, Ohio, United States

These guys are building a great-looking bike and seem to have a creative and talented team in place.  Check out their bike’s project page at http://www.squarewaveracing.com/ and Rhyne Electric Powersports page at http://repowersports.com/ to check them out.  Then, drop by their donation page and help them out.

See you at Infineon, guys!

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MotoGPod Interviews Werkstatt

May 6, 2010

Jim Race of MotoGPod.com interviewed Jennifer Bromme of Werkstatt racing.  Link to the interview is here.

Jim interviewed Jennifer shortly after she found out that the Mavizen TTX02 (serial number 001) was in the air, on its way to San Francisco.  In the days ahead she will be having an Ohlins suspension installed on the bike, attending a party on May 14 at the San Francisco Motorcycle Club with the bike and the TTXGP people and anyone else who cares to attend, getting in some practice at Infineon on a bike other than the Mavizen, and getting as many sponsorships and grass roots investors as she can.

According to the interview, the first chance she will have to actually ride the Mavizen on the track will be during Friday’s practice at 3:00pm.  Crazy.

Jennifer also said that she will be updating her new blog with as much information as she can: http://www.werkstattsf.com/blog-section/index.html

Information on how you can become a part of this effort and help this team reach its funding goals: http://www.indiegogo.com/Be-Part-of-History-and-the-Electric-Motorycle-TTXGP

It’s a great interview, and it’s only 28 minutes long (a Jim Race record?).  Definitely worth a listen.

Werkstatt's Mavizen, ready to load onto the jet.

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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 Plugbike.com, 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.

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Werkstatt Blogs the TTXGP

May 3, 2010

Werkstatt Racing just began blogging: My TTXGP Adventure.  A must-read for TTXGP fans, and it already has some background about the time that the first considered racing in the TTXGP — not going to spoil that here — go to the blog!

Also, Jennifer Bromme has reopened the opportunity for folks to help sponsor the team.  Her announcement, below:

“Hi everybody,

Thanks again for your help! In light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico I think it is getting more and more important to show that we need to move to alternative vehicles. We need to show that electric vehicles are a viable means for transport and that they are not a niche anymore but competitive and mainstream!

Please let everybody know about the TTXGP Electric Race Series which will show that it is possible to wean off oil without compromising fun!

We opened another fundraiser on indiegogo: http://bit.ly/cwL2sS.
Please take a minute and pass this on to others that would be interested in being part of making this amazing race a success, and be part of history. Get Jennifer Bromme to race a state of the art electric motorcycle at the TTXGP. We still need grassroots funding, every little bit helps! I have also attached a video stating the mission of Mavizen, which I think sums it up pretty good. Thanks!

Jennifer”

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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 (www.werkstattsf.com) 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 (www.mavizen.com) .

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
racing.

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

http://www.indiegogo.com/Be-Part-of-History-and-the-Electric-Motorycle-TTXGP

and

http://www.werkstattsf.com

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TTXGP Racing Schedule for Infineon

April 28, 2010

From the official race site at Infineon comes the schedule for the West Coast Moto Jam for the weekend of May 14-16.

For you TTXGP fans, here are the events for the electric motorcycles:

Friday, May 14
3 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. TTXGP Practice
5:40 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. TTXGP Practice

Saturday, May 15
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. TTXGP Qualifying 1
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Fan Walk hot pit lane / Opening Ceremonies
4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. TTXGP Qualifying 2

Sunday, May 16
9 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. TTXGP Warm-up
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. TTXGP Race (11 laps)

Also, if you were one of the generous people who donated to the Werkstatt Racing team’s effort to get the Mavizen TTX02 to the race, then you should have received word that Jennifer Bromme is planning a party on Friday night to celebrate the success of that drive, and that she, the team, and the bike will be present.  If you didn’t donate to the cause, the word on the street is that there is still time to do so, and that your dollars are still welcome.  More information at http://www.werkstattsf.com/ and here, when it becomes available.

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