US “eMotoRacing Series” Announced

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What with the electric motorcycle race season being somewhat of a disappointment, you race fans will be excited to hear that Arthur Kowitz is bringing his influence and experience to bear to work with the AHRMA to put an electric motorcycle series together.

Here’s the official press release:

Cutting-edge Electric Motorcycle Roadracing Series Hits the U.S.

National electric motorcycle roadracing championship kicks-off in 2014 as the zero-emission U.S. eMotoRacing Series, running in conjunction with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) CPL Systems Historic Cup National Roadrace Series.

Races will be held at many of the nation’s finest racetracks — Barber Motorsports Park , Daytona International Speedway, Grattan Raceway, Miller Motorsports Park , New Jersey Motorsports Park, NOLA Motorsports Park , Road America , Roebling Road Raceway, Sonoma Raceway and Willow Springs International Raceway.

Race-ready electric motorcycles are available from Brammo and Zero Motorcycles, making it simple to participate in this series.

Electric racebikes’ fastest speeds are similar to race-prepared 600cc gasoline-powered bikes. These electric motorcycles have similar powertrains to electric cars like the Nissan Leaf, the Tesla Model S, and the electric portion of the Chevy Volt.

Riders and teams are invited to participate in the elite eGrandPrix class for full-on prototype machines, or in eSuperSport, aimed at production racers and race-prepped, electric-powered street bikes. Both classes give participants the opportunity to showcase and develop new technologies, while enjoying an affordable racebike with pure chassis feedback and very low maintenance.

Become a leader who is easy on the environment – the sky’s the limit in this high-performance, exciting new racing series! With trophies at each event and year-end awards, don’t miss your chance to become the country’s very first eMotoRacing champion!

Sponsored by Arthur Kowitz Realty of Daytona Beach, Florida, the U.S. eMotoRacing Series will run as an exhibition class at all 10 rounds of the AHRMA Historic Cup Series; for event information and a full series schedule, visit www.ahrma.org. For technical details on the  U.S.  eMotoRacing Series, email Kowitz (at) eMotoRacing@akr1.com.

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About AHRMA: The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association, Ltd. is a member-owned, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of classic motorcycles, while educating the public about those machines. With about 4000 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America , and is one of the world’s leading classic-bike organizations.

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. This past year, he competed on an electric Brammo Empulse TTX in the FIM eWorldCup Series at Laguna Seca Raceway and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Now, this reads to me as Zero and Brammo having some involvement, but I think I’m misunderstanding that.  I believe the point was simply that Zero and Brammo have “race-ready” bikes available (as “box-stock”) that you can buy and race.  I was thinking about the TTXGP model where you could race with a Mavizen or Brammo, provided by the organizer (presumably for the price of purchase), an idea that never really went too far.

There’s some discussion on the “Electric Racing” Facebook page, here, but here are some of the key points:

Tentative Schedule:

  • Feb 28 – March 2 -Roebling Road Raceway
  • March 28-30 – NOLA Motorsports Park
  • April 25-27 – Willow Springs Int’l Raceway
  • May 1-2 – Sonoma(Sears Point)
  • June 6-8 – Road America
  • June 13-15 – Grattan Raceway
  • July 11-13 – New Jersey Motorsports Park
  • August 29-31 – Miller Motorsports Park
  • October 9-12 – Barber Motorsports Park
  • October 17-19 – Daytona Int’l Speedway

via Arthur:

The 2014 series will not be TTXGP over again, but an AHRMA stand alone class. Their policy is that a new class can have its autonomy, points standings, and awards…but maintain exhibition status for the first season at least to assure interest and viability.

It looks like there’s an enthusiastic response, which hopefully will contribute to the thing missing most painfully from this past season – a grid.  One really interesting comment I got, that says pretty much all:

We got the dates, we are gonna go race. I think people forgot that you can just go race.

Hopefully it’s that simple.  Fingers crossed…

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One response to “US “eMotoRacing Series” Announced

  1. I would love to see an AHRMA class specifically designed for vintage-framed DIY conversions. I have several friends who race vintage bikes at their events, and I think this would be a great class – after the bureaucratic piece of deciding what components would be allowed for the builds. While race-ready Brammos and Zeros would be fine, seeing electro Bultacos, CB’s, RD’s, etc. would really be a thrill and would be a nice chance to open the eyes of those who are unfamiliar with electric bike capabilities.

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