This will be awarded to the fastest University or College team as part of the 2011 Race. University teams representing Kingston, Imperial and Brunel have already experienced the event and will be among the favourites for the prize.
The Isle of Man Government has also confirmed that there will be an iconic ‘100 Club’ set up for the first 10 teams who are able to record a 100 mph (161 km/h) lap on an clean emissions bike. Each of the ten will also receive an iconic limited edition replica trophy, designed by a local Manx artist. Each of the trophies will be individually numbered.
It is not expected that all ten trophies will be given away in 2011. To date no team has achieved the landmark time around the 60-km (37.75-mile) course, with the current lap record holder for the class, last year’s winner, Moto Czysz, recording a winning time of 96.82 mph (155.82 km/h) - 23:22.89 - average lap speed.
This means that the GBP10,000 ($15,550) prize on offer from the Isle of Man Government to the first team to record the mark is also still available in 2011. The TT Zero clean emissions bike race will take place on June 8, 2011.
“Running the electric bike race as part of the TT Races has given us an excellent platform to demonstrate the Isle of Man’s clean tech capabilities. This event continues to offer best in practice development and puts the Island at the heart of innovative design and groundbreaking technology,” Allan Bell MHK, Minister, Department of Economic Development, said in a release.