PHOTO CAPTION: Victory Motorcycle electric prototype street racer.

Victory Motorcycles to Take On TT Zero Challenge

Victory's prototype electric motorcycle will be entered into the 2015 SES TT Zero Challenge race on the Isle of Mann in the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland.

Published: 16-May-2015

While Harley Davidson's LiveWire electric motorcycle is stealing scenes in the latest Marvel Comics "Avengers - Age of Ultron" action flick, its smaller rival, Victory Motorcycles, is planning to do more than carry Scarlett Johansson and her stunt double around the movie set.

Victory is planning to enter their prototype electric motorcycle, pictured above, in this year's running of the TT Zero Challenge. The 37.73 mile mountain course around the Isle of Mann in the Irish Sea has been going on since 1911, adding it first electric motorcycle event one hundred years later in 2011. Every year since then has seen steady technological progress in every faster times and higher speeds for the battery-powered bikes.

In 2014, John McGuinness, riding for Mugen Shinden, set a new lap record for the electric motorcycle division of 117.366 mph. Through one of the speed traps he was clocked at 154.3 mph.

According to Motorbike Times, Victory's announcement came as a surprise to everyone. The race will be run on June 10th with William Dunlop and Lee 'General Lee' Johnston riding twin machines.

2014 TT Zero Challenge Video

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John McGuinness turned in the fastest lap time ever in TT ZERO electric motorcycle racing, while is teammate, Bruce Anstey was just behind him.

Christine Hughes sits on frame of Zephyr electric motorcycle.

Team Zeus is aiming for a top speed of 160 km/h and a range of 20-30 kilometers. They hope to raise $25,000CAD from Kickstarter campagin.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle prototype.

More companies, large and small, startups and established are racing to introduce the two-wheeled equivalent of Tesla Motor's.


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