Zero Agni Team Wins First NA Electric Superbike Race
However, this is not the first time that Zero Motorcycles and Agni Motors show their competitive abilities. In 2009, Zero Motorcycles held "The 24 Hours of Electricross" which became the world's first all-electric 24-hour off-road race. Also in 2009, Agni Motors won the PRO Class at the inaugural TTXGP at the Isle of Man during the world's first zero-carbon race.
"I think this could turn into something big. It's going to introduce a whole new industry to motorcycling," Higbee said in a release. "The engineers at Zero Motorcycles and Agni Motors are a whole new breed. I'm surprised at how close we are to gas bikes already. The lack of vibration is a new experience and the bike is very agile, you just glide along."
"Shawn rode a great race, the motorcycle performed perfectly and the duel on the track made an already exciting race even more fun to watch," said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. "The effort that our team put into this race resulted in a fantastic demonstration of electric motorcycle performance. At the same time, Zero is using this as an opportunity to test the new designs and technology that will drive the next evolution of Zero's production motorcycles."
Based on the success that Agni's motors have displayed on the racetrack, Zero Motorcycles incorporated a race-proven Agni motor into the powertrains of the 2010 Zero S and Zero DS production models.