January 4, 2012

The World's Most Advanced Electric Superbike

Even though this motorcycle looks like one of Tom Cruise's many toys in the "Mission Impossible" movies, this bike is a real-life bad ass electric machine: and now it's a first place winner in the world's toughest motorcycle race.

The 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc won the Isle of Man TT Zero electric motorcycle race in 2010, lapping the United Kingdom island at a record 96.820 mph, just shy of the 100 mph goal the team was aiming for .

The incredibly advanced technology used to create this electric super racer could not only change the world of racing bikes, but also how all electric vehicles are developed.

Developed by a tiny Oregonian company, the 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 batteries (on the E1pc) are huge, visually dominating the bike and occupying the space traditionally reserved for an internal combustion engine. There are 10 individual lithium polymer cells that each weigh 19.5 Lbs and were hand-assembled by a company that typically builds batteries for NASA.

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