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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The Battle for Sonoma 2016

Sonoma Raceway

The War for California is ON

At the second track on California soil this week, the eMotoRacing series is challenging participants to give it their all.  Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics hosted the race at Willow Springs International on the weekend of the 22nd — 24th.

Riders on both Brammos and Zeros butted heads, with Pete Nicolosi, a Brammo rider winning on Saturday, and Gene Sigal, a Zero rider winning on Sunday.

Now the gang is back racing today and tomorrow at Sonoma International Speedway — a winding 12-turn course with a hairpin.

While we await the results from today’s race, check out this fun video at Sonoma Raceway from eMotoRacing’s first season back in 2014!

More Fun Memories from Sonoma during our 2014 Season:

( Click on a pic below to view full-size \\ © Abe Kowitz – please credit if used in media press releases)

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Press Release — Rochester Institute of Technology EV Team to Compete!

RIT's Sleek Hot EV Bike

RIT’s Sleek EV Bike

The Rochester Institute of Technology Electric Vehicle Team has announced their entry into the eMotoRacing Varsity Challenge motorcycle road race at New Jersey MotorSports Park this July 11 and 12.

The RIT student-built racebike will be piloted by Isle of Man Manx GP veteran racer Karl Smolenski.

The prototype bike carries a maximum battery voltage of 99.6VDC, which puts in in the eSuperSport class with other ebikes running up to 125 volts.
This AHRMA sanctioned eMotoRacing event was won last year by the Virginia Tech Bolt.

Woodcraft Technologies, makers of sportbike and roadrace specialty items has posted a $1000 scholarship to the highest placing collegiate team.
Information on Woodcraft products can be viewed at Woodcraft-cfm.com.

Additional details on RIT’s advanced engineering team are available on the RIT Facebook page.
The full 10 race eMotoRacing schedule can be accessed on the web at eMotoRacing.com and on the eMotoRacing Facebook page.

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Willow Springs eMotoRacing Race Reports, 2015

AHRMA once again hosts the Woodcraft Technologies’ eMotoRacing zero emissions road racing series at one of America’s iconic racetracks. Seven competitors from around the US made the grid on Saturday, for the first of the weekend’s two rounds. Time Warner Cable TV is on hand to interview the riders and teams, and to cover this exciting event.

The Hollywood Electrics Racing Team fielded three Zero SR based electric racebikes. Jeff Clark, Nathan Barker, and Brandon Nozaki-Miller had practiced the weekend before at this same raceway in preparation for the long awaited Zero-Brammo showdown. Zero SR mounted Doug Smith joined the grid as a post entry.

eMotoRacing series regulars Murrae Haynes of New Mexico, Pete Nicolosi of South Carolina, and the defending class champion Arthur Kowitz of Daytona Beach, Florida all were riding Brammo Empulses.

Kowitz’ (myself) Brammo TTX sports a carbon fiber fully steamlined body that has helped this fast ebike to pace the field at many previous events. However, this weekend was challenged with a US Weather Services Severe Wind Advisory of 36+ hours of prevailing and gusty winds up to 55 mph. Under these conditions the streamliner was difficult to ride at the edges of traction. Consequently, the decision was made to remove the bodywork and race ‘au natural’. With this change in configuration came an intermittent power cut out.

As the green flag dropped on Saturday’s race, Kowitz gets a sharp holeshot on the field, only to have his bike cut out early on lap one. Three of the well prepared Zeros form an impressive freight train up to the front and proceed to check out on the field. Jeff Clark takes the win with a flawless ride, all eight laps being fast and steady. Doug Smith in second and Nozaki-Miller in third overall.

The first Brammo finisher was Pete Nicolosi in 4th position overall.

The light, nimble, and fast Zeros appear to be dominant, and favorites for the second round on Sunday.

Sunday’s race begins in similar fashion, but motorsports can be unpredictable. On lap 4, Zero mounted Doug Smith crashes in some on track oil presumably left by one of the gas bikes sharing the track. The race is red flagged to care for the rider, and clean the track. The field is sequestered on hot pit road for a 20 minute delay. Now, battery capacity and drivetrain heat become issues. The uncounted warm up lap, the red flag lap, and the rigors of two starts are a concern to all riders as they impatiently await the restart.

While on the grid, Nozaki-Miller and his team try unsuccessfully to repair a critical broken footpeg mount. Clark remains as the man to beat.

The somewhat heavier, and more complex Brammos have up to now given a little in speed. That is in part due to a water cooled motor, and a complex battery system.

Upon the restart, predictably, Clark sets the pace on his Zero, with Nicolosi and Haynes on their Brammos in hot pursuit. Haynes is the only bike left in the field that sports a fairing, giving him a potential edge in power conservation, in what is shaping up as a battle of attrition.

With pressure mounting behind him, Clark must keep up his pace to maintain the lead heading into the final lap. His pace slows dramatically as power wanes. Nicolosi has been stalking and now pounces on the leader in Willow Springs famed turn nine onto the front straight, taking the lead and the win. Haynes also maintains his power and is rewarded a steady 3rd place behind Clark.

The next eMotoRacing round is only days away at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California. There are several other teams poised to join these same riders at Sonoma’s more technical (and less windy) racetrack.

Visit eMotoRacing on Facebook and eMotoRacing.com for pictures and more information about this ground breaking series.

 

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Results and Updates from Race #1 of the 2015 Season

Results from Roebling Road, GA

Round One = Saturday the 21st

  1. Arthur Kowitz = error in lap time recording – sensor issue
  2. Bob Berbeco = error in lap time recording – sensor issue
  3. Peter Nicolosi = best lap time 01:34.061
  4. Murrae Haynes = best lap time 01:37.389
  5. Scott Signorini = best lap time 01:39.571
  6. Ned Heidel = best lap time 01:39.458

Round Two = Sunday the 22nd

  1. Arthur Kowitz = best lap time 01:30.097
  2. Bob Berbeco = error in lap time recording – sensor issue
  3. Peter Nicolas = error in lap time recording – sensor issue
  4. Murrae Haynes = best lap time 01:34.573
  5. Ned Heidel = best lap time 01:38.696
  6. Scott Signorini = best lap time 01:40.430

Coming up next is NOLA Raceway on March 27 – 29 — see you there!

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Announcing eMotoRacing’s 2015 Varsity Challenge

Press Release

Announcing eMotoRacing’s 2015 Varsity Challenge

New Jersey Motorsports Park and eMotoRacing are pleased to announce that electric racebikes engineered and built by university students are invited to compete in the 2015 “Varsity Challenge” event held July 11 and 12.

Several engineering colleges around the nation are using the platform of zero emissions motorcycle racing to hone skills and advance technologies. eMotoRacing offers the opportunity for these students to compete on a big stage. The crucible of racing brings out our best.

There will be a $1,000 scholarship awarded to the winning team as recognition of their success.

During the 2014 season, Virginia Tech and the University of Calgary each fielded racebikes in eMotoRacing events; the teams and their racebikes were an exciting addition to these AHRMA sanctioned events.

The series travels to 10 of America’s finest racetracks, with the NJMP selected as a focal point for the collegiate teams.

NJMP hosts the 3rd Annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival that weekend, featuring road races, bike shows and a fine swap meet.

Be sure to save the dates and make plans to enjoy this one-of-a-kind “Varsity Challenge” eMotoRacing event…it should be interesting.

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A special thank you to the two teams which participated last year!  We look forward to seeing many more teams join the fray this year!

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