Bolting for the Hills…

Grabbing an Early Lead

We’re waiting for final results on this weekend’s races, but here is a fantastic video which showcases the power of the zero-emissions motorcycle built by the Virginia Tech’s BOLT team of engineers.  They started out strong, but did they hold the lead?  Find out soon!

CLICK HERE to check out more on Virginia Tech’s BOLT team at their facebook page.

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Road America Race Report

Road America Race Report, June 7-8, 2014

~By Arthur Kowitz

What beautiful racetrack and facility! We had perfect weather and crowds estimated at 10,000 for the motorcycle festival weekend.
The track’s hilly terrain creates a few blind spots, while the 3 looong straightaways challenge racebikes as few courses anywhere do. One of these long, but kinked straights hurtles the racers through a lush forest at top speed…it’s enchanting.

Elkhart Lake, Road America Track

The Road America Race Track in Wisconsin was built in 1955, carved out of the glacial Kettle Moraine area to fulfill the local need for speed when the state banned racing on public roads. Over the years this course has challenged the world’s best racers, and this past weekend was no exception.

There were 4 eMotoRacing entrants for the 2 round series held at this grueling, high-speed 4 mile road course.

Dave Sadowsky, former Daytona 200 winner, had a new custom rear shock by Nitron fitted to his Brammo Empulse R.
Secondly, Andrew Cowell, AHRMA’s race school instructor, fielded another Brammo with new Bridgestone DOT race tires mounted and ready for action.

New to the series is AHRMA Middleweight Superbike veteran Scott Signorini, who recently took delivery of an Empulse R that sports lightweight racing wheels, and a few other nice bits. Scott was excited to compete in his first eMotoRacing event.

Arthur Kowitz on his Brammo TTX

Arthur Kowitz with his trimmed Brammo TTX

Lastly, myself, with my Brammo TTX which is fitted with substantially the same motor, controller, and batteries as the other entrants…but the bike has been lightened and trimmed down for racing.

eMotoRacing heads to a tight and technical course at Grattan Michigan next weekend, where racebike advantages are secondary to rider daring and skill. But, this week in both races at Road America, the lighter and sleeker TTX was too much for the rest of the field.

1st….Arthur Kowitz, Brammo TTX
2nd…Dave Sadowsky, Brammo Empulse R
3rd…Andrew Cowell, Brammo Empulse R
4th…Scott Signorini, Barmmo Empulse R

These same competitors, plus another new entrant to the field will test each other next weekend at Grattan, Michigan, where the top podium spot will be fiercely contested.
Bring it on!

~Arthur Kowitz


About Arthur Kowitz: Kowitz was a pioneer and competitive privateer in AMA Superbike racing from the class’ inception in 1976 until 1982. A quarter-century later, he rode his venerable Kawasaki Z1 to the 2008 AHRMA Vintage Superbike Heavyweight Championship. In 2013, he competed on an electric Brammo Empulse TTX in the FIM eWorldCup Series at Laguna Seca Raceway and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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HIGH-SPEED SOLAR POWERED MOTORCYCLE ROADRACING SERIES COMING TO CALIFORNIA’S SONOMA RACEWAY ON MAY 1ST – 2ND

High-Speed Solar Powered Motorcycle Roadracing Series Coming to California’s Sonoma Raceway on May 1st – 2nd

On May 1st & 2nd, Zero-emissions Motorcycle Road Racing is headed to the twisting track at Sonoma Raceway, California.  The 2014 eMotoRacing series will attack this exciting 2.32 mile road course without burning fossil fuel!

Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Raceway

Experienced eBike racers will be competing for first place at this AHRMA sanctioned event.  Series’ rules and schedule are available at eMotoRacing.com.

In addition to these bikes of the future, there will be a full slate of vintage and modern road racing classes taking place both days of the event.  Visit AHRMA.org for details.

The New Orleans based firm Solar Alternatives will be providing to eMotoRacing an innovative mobile charging station, which will provide fossil-fuel-free power for up to two of the race entrants.

The charging station features a 3500 watt pure sine power inverter, 1000 watt solar panels, and 16wh gel-cell battery banks. It was successfully deployed at earlier eMotoRacing events, including the season opener at Roebling Road.


About Solar Alternatives:
Solar Alternatives was founded in 2008 to provide powerful clean energy designs using advanced technology and a skilled, versatile team.  With a focus on client-centered design, attention to detail and constant innovation, the company portfolio includes all major solar technologies as well as cutting edge applications such as mobile solar power systems.

About eMotoRacing:
eMotoRacing was established to fill the demand for a zero-emissions motorcycle racing series that would demonstrate advanced and compact e-superbike technology and excitement.  With a full schedule implemented at legendary racetracks across the country, eMotoRacing’s strategic partnership with AHRMA provides the best of current and past racing history.

For technical details on the U.S. eMotoRacing Series, visit  www.eMotoRacing.com and/or email Kowitz at  arthur.kowitz@eMotoRacing.com.

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Race Rules Updated – Official Release

The following changes to the eMotoRacing series have been approved and are effective on 04/20/2014:
Rule # 7.1 Deleted:

“Leading 1/3 of front wheel must be visible from the side”

—>The original intent was to give each rider the same exposure during close racing situations. Additional research, interviews, and discussions suggest that the need for this exposure may be overrated, and that protection afforded the front wheel may be an additional safety feature.

**All currently legal bikes will remain legal with the application of this rule change.

Rule #16 Amended to read:

“All Racebikes shall have reliable, easily accessed, and plainly marked emergency disconnect switch on the handlebar within reach of the rider with hands on controls, plus a tether fastened to the rider that causes power to shut off if/when rider is separated from the bike. This switch must turn off all sources of power with one throw.”

—>The original rule required a power disconnect at the rear of the bike to be easily accessible to staff and corner workers. Observations and interviews indicate that workers familiar with motorcycles are looking in traditional locations for power cut-off switches, and the rear location is confusing.  Requiring the handlebar location is safer for the rider and emergency staff as well.

CLICK HERE to view the rules in their entirety.

 

 

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Streamlining the Rules in the Works

By Arthur Kowitz

Craig Vetter and I met for a cup of coffee last Thursday morning in Daytona Beach….for four hours!

Many topics were on the table, but the one of greatest interest here is the proposed changes to the streamlining rules for bikes competing in the eMotoRacing Series.

Discussions ranged from machine performance and stability, to rider safety and conflicting race lines.

As diagrams were drawn in notebooks and our similar, but not identical, perspectives were shared, a consensus was reached.
There will be some changes submitted to the AHRMA tech-squad for mid-season implementation.

All proposals will be to encourage, not restrict, the use of aggressive streamlining, so that no existing machines will need change…allowing tuners and builders to have more latitude.

Stay tuned to our website, eMotoRacing.com, for official announcements.

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Craig Vetter is an American inventor and designer, who “loves things with wings, wheels, and little engines”.  His lifetime goal has been to design and build products that help us live better on less energy.  For more on Craig Vetter, check out his website: CraigVetter.com

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2 Wheels Only Interview – Testing the Brammo!

2 Wheels Only - Testing the Brammo

Motorcycle champs Arthur Kowitz and Dave Sadowski bring a Brammo Empulse TTX for Jon Vedas of 2 “Wheels Only” to test.

Don’t forget to catch the interview at 9am EST on Saturday the 11th — Stream it live from 2 Wheels Only’s website
— Did you miss it? CLICK HERE to play the interview!

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