3rd Annual eMotoRacing Varsity Challenge July 9th – 10th

The 3rd Annual eMotoRacing “Varsity Challenge” ebike roadrace will take place July 9th and 10th at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Collegiate racing teams from the US and Canada will race their engineering student built prototype electric racebikes in the AHRMA sanctioned event.
The top placing university team will take home a $1000 scholarship awarded by Woodcraft Technologies.

Rochester Institute of Technology, winner of last year’s Woodcraft Scholarship, will have competition from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, the University of Michigan, and Cornell University of New York.

On track with these collegiate teams will be private teams from around the USA.  Current series points leader, Pete Nicolosi of Charleston SC, will protect his points lead over second place Bob Berbeco of Indianapolis, and defending series champion Arthur Kowitz of Florida.

The prototype electric motorcycles will reach speeds up to 140mph. The production based Brammo and Zero racebikes have proven very reliable, with excellent corner speed. In previous eMotoRacing events, the faster prototype bikes have held their own against the steady and predictable production racers. This years race at NJMP is expected to be hotly contested.

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2014 Season Finale – Results and a Year in Review

Wrapping up the Season

This past weekend marked the end of eMotoRacing’s first season, which ended up being a successful one.  Overall there were 21 contestants, which included riders previously experienced in racing gas-powered motorcycles, as well as teams who focused on building electric bikes.  The battlefields included 10 notable tracks, each of which presented their dangers and advantages.

The eMotoRacing series became the first sanctioned racing series to not only allow, but encourage, full-fairing streamlining since the concept was disallowed by the FIM back in the 50’s.  eMotoRacing will continue on in to the 2015 season with the goal of promoting innovation in the zero-emissions field through the excitement of green racing.

We would like to thank the participants, sponsors, and dedicated race fans which made this amazing first year possible.  Sign up below to receive email updates on the details of the 2015 season as they unfold.  Tracks and dates are still being firmed up.




Daytona Results, October 18 – 19, 2014

The placing from both Friday’s practice and Saturday’s race were the same:

  1. Arthur Kowitz, Brammo
  2. Andrew Cowell, Brammo
  3. David Sadowski, Brammo
  4. Murrae Haynes, Brammo

Daytona Finish LineThe Daytona Beach News-Journal and several Central Florida news stations covered the electric motorcycle action, which was held during Biketoberfest.  One of the highlights of Biketoberfest is the continuous rumble of gas-powered bikes pouring into the Greater Daytona Beach Area, so race fans were intrigued by the quieter, yet zippy electric bikes which hit up to 120 mph.

Series founder, Arthur Kowitz, also took 1st place in the Vintage Superbike Heavyweight class, and then hung his gas-powered racing hat up in favor of going all electric for the 2015 season.

Season Results

For a participant to have placed in this season, they had to have raced at least twice.

Race Class eGrandPrix

Series Points Races Run Rider Number First Last City State
2000 2 9643 Shane Turpin Salt Lake City UT

Race Class eSuperSport

Series Point Races Run Rider Number First Last City State
9835 20 8154 Arthur Kowitz Ormond Beach FL
7175 12 1012322 David Sadowski Melborne FL
5540 14 1736 Andrew Cowell Bolivia NC
4000 4 E10031 Eric Bstrom Newberry Park CA
2549 4 1012339 Robert Berbeco Indianapolis IN
2505 4 18603 Peter Nicolosi Daniel Island SC
2489 6 10877 Murrae Haynes Santa Fe NM
2124 4 18225 Ricky Orlando Frederick CO
1535 2 185 David Roper Hicksville NY
1199 2 18227 Shelina Moreda Petaluma CA
1180 2 1012403 Ely Schless Ashland OR
1180 4 6216 Scott Signorini Flagler Beach FL
1180 4 1012395 Jeff Clark North Hills CA
998 2 1012448 Tim Johnson Calgary AB
700 2 1012463 Daniel Grabowski Chester MD

 

 

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – LAST RACE OF THE 2014 SEASON!

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – LAST RACE OF THE 2014 SEASON!

Daytona International Speedway welcomes eMotoRacing, a national motorcycle racing series, to its high-banked track this October 17th and 18th.

daytonaThe eMoto series features electric motorcycles built by engineering students from American universities such as Virginia Tech, who will bring their VaTech ‘Bolt’ to Daytona.  Other machines are purpose-built factory electric racebikes and modified electric streetbikes.

Innovation is encouraged, so full streamlining and electronic wizardry can be seen throughout this assortment of unique motorcycles.

Riders in this series include a former Daytona 200 winner, several AMA professional racers, as well as accomplished AHRMA and WERA racers.

The eMotoRacing series has held events at nine iconic tracks this year, including Road America in Wisconsin, Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, Willow Springs International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway in California, and Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. The October races at Daytona will be this year’s season finale.

Arthur Kowitz Realty of Greater Daytona is the official sponsor of the series, a supporter of sustainable energy, and an advocate of environmental responsibility. The AKR realty offices are housed in Florida’s first solar-powered commercial building.

Fans and supporters can follow the series at eMotoRacing.com, and view the action first hand at the Daytona International Speedway on October 17th and 18th.

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Race Results – Barber Motorsports Park

Race Results, Saturday Oct 11, 2014

1. Arthur Kowitz
2. Pete Nicolosi
3. Bob Berbeco
4. Murrae Haynes
5. Jeff Clark DNF
6. Ricky Orlando DQ
7. Andrew Cowell DNS

Notes:
Jeff Clark broke drive belt leaving the line at start of race.
Ricky Orlando finished second on track, but a scoring transponder issue disqualified him.
Andrew Cowell had issues on another bike, in another race, that put him out for this race only.

Race Results, Sunday Oct 12, 2014

1. Ricky Orlando
2. Pete Nicolosi
3. Andrew Cowell
4. Arthur Kowitz
5. Murrae Haynes
6. Bob Berbeco
7. Jeff Clark DNS

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eMotoRacing’s 9th event – Barber MotorSports Park

eMotoRacing’s 9th event – Barber MotorSports Park

On October 9th – 12th, the eMotoRacing series will be holding the 9th race of the 2014 season.  Riders will have had to qualify by racing prior to this in the 2014 season…so expect scores to be settled and tensions to run high.  There will be two full days of practice this time, on the 9th and 10th, with races on the 11th and 12th.

Elevation

Click to view full pdf on the Barber Motorsports Park website

The park, located outside Birmingham, Alabama, features a 16-turn, 2.38 mile road course with a number of elevation changes (as can be seen by the map to your left), and is designed to be run clockwise.

The track has hosted various series such as the Grand-Am, Pirelli World Challenge, Vintage Racing Series events, AMA SuperBike, and is noted for it’s lush greenery.

Planning to attend?  CLICK HERE to check out their website for information.

We look forward to having you, and remember – we love any fan-made videos and photos of the events, so send those to info@eMotoRacing.com to be featured on our website and facebook page!

And don’t forget…a week after Barber……eMotoRacing heads to the Birthplace of Speed to end the 2014 season.  Check back for updates!

 

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eMotoRacing’s Fan of the Year

John Alder

2014 Fan of the Year - John Alder at Salt Lake City

2014 Fan of the Year – John Alder at Salt Lake City

It is satisfying to feature the 2014 season’s Fan of the Year – John Alder.  eMotoRacing’s goal has always been to use the excitement created by racing to promote street transportation which is free of fossil fuels.  Recently, he went out of his way to attend two eMotoRacing events in New Jersey and Utah.  John has always been a big fan of bikes in all forms, and has been passionate about electric vehicles for nearly ten years.

In 2009, John’s interests melded together, and he built a street-legal electric motorcycle using the framework of a old Suzuki. It runs off an Advanced DC K99-4007 6.7″ series motor powered by six 12v lead acid batteries.  The bike reaches speeds of 50 mph, for about 20 miles.  One of the challenges he faced with this project was fitting all the necessary components into the small space which had contained the gas-powered motor.

At the time, there was a lack of practical commercially built electric motorcycles, however in the last few years, John notes, this has changed.

Originally he had plans to upgrade his e-bike to run off lithium batteries, but with several companies like Zero, Brammo, and now even Harley Davidson throwing their hat in the ring with the LiveWire Project, John admits it’s a far less difficult task to purchase one of these than it would be to reconfigure the battery system at this point.

John is pleased to see the progress being made by electric motorcycle manufacturers, and looks forward to the day in the not-so-distant future when we will no longer be burning fossil fuels.

John’s first ride on his newly-built electric bike:

John’s first street-legal ride:

 

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