It’s Memorial Day weekend, time for race fans to focus on… the UK! Yes, it’s the Isle of Man TT. In particular for this blog, it’s EV race time. Qualifying’s already begun (subject to rain); motorcycles will actually race in coming days, with the TT Zero race Wednesday, June 4.
This year’s event is one to watch, if not hear. Last year’s winners, MotoCzysz (and the year before, and the year before that, and the year before that), won’t compete; founder Michael Czysz’s cancer has worsened. Without its dominating competitor, the 2014 running will be up in the air. Sometimes literally- this is no dumb oval. It’s a road race, on old European streets, including hills. Officially, it’s dubbed the “Mountain Course.”
So, what does the coming week hold- and what does it mean for the coming year or so in EVs? After MotoCzysz (who offered their EV skills as consultants to automotive companies), the next favored team is Mugen, with their Mugen Shinden. After coming in second to MotoCzysz, this year’s Shinden San would be a logical bet. Never heard of Mugen? Continue reading