Washington, June 14 (ANI): For the first time, an American-made electric bike has won the first place in the world's toughest motorcycle race.
Developed by a tiny Oregonian company, the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc racing bike packs 10 times the battery power of a Toyota Prius and reached a top speed of 140 mph in a practice run-the world's fastest motorcycle, BMW's S1000 RR, a gas-powered superbike, was clocked at 194.6 mph in May.
'The 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc won the Isle of Man TT Zero electric motorcycle race yesterday in its racing debut, lapping the United Kingdom island at a record 96.820 mph, just shy of the 100 mph goal the team was aiming for ... It's 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 and only the second time an American rider has finished first there," Discovery News quoted Popular Science as reporting.
The race is a golden chance for manufacturers and bikers alike, to show off their best skills on the island's narrow, winding back roads that have proven fatal for many riders over the years, taking turns and jumps at over 100 mph.
According to Popular Science, the custom-made bike has huge batteries and 10 individual lithium polymer cells hand-assembled by a company that typically builds batteries for NASA.
Instead of connecting wires, posts on the batteries lock into receivers on the bike's frame, at once making the electrical connection and supporting the batteries' weight.
The motor on the bike generates 100 horsepower (continuous) and 250 pound-feet of torque. (ANI)