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Electric Bikes to Race Petrol Ones for the First Time in a FIM-Sanctioned Event

A very important step in the development of the electric bikes industry has been taken and e-motorcycles will be competing against traditional, internal combustion engine (ICE) ones for the first time. UK’s Darvill Racing Team has reached an agreement with the ACU (Great Britain’s racing association) and we’re in for haute tension racing in the Southern 100 Road Races event.
Brammo RR in racing trim 1 photo
Photo: Brammo
The agreement is even more important as it is sanctioned by both ACU and the FIM. The Southern 100 Road Races is held each year in July, in the northern part of the Isle of Man. And if this starts to sound familiar, well, it really is: the TT Zero is also a part of the Southern 100 Road Races.

This year marks the first-ever presence of electric motorcycles in a FIM-sanctioned gas bikes event. (We will be) “competing in the Pre-TT, TT, Southern 100, Classic TT, Manx Grand Prix, ThundersportGB and Andreas Championships. We have committed to a number of international races and have some individual and diverse one-off events planned,” Darvill Team principal Alex Aitchinson says.

Darvill also inked a deal with Brammo and will become a Factory-Supported Team in the FIM eRoadRacing series, fielding a Brammo Empulse TTX duo. While one of the bikes will race in its stock trim, the other one will receive racing-grade enhancements.

Alex Aitchison – Darvill Racing Team Principal: “We are extremely pleased to be given the opportunity to be the first team to compete with ICE machines in a pure road race event anywhere in the world. We are looking forward to working with the ACU and Southern 100 club. Spending time with Gary (Thompson) and his team it is evident that the ACU are committed to being the leading light in the field.

Derek Nicholson – President of the Southern 100 Club: “Since the first Southern 100 was run in 1955, the club has always been progressive in its thinking and this year is no exception as we will witness the very first motorcycle race which will see ‘conventional’ racing machines competing with and against electric powered machines at the 2014 Southern 100 International Road Races. A first for Billown and the Isle of Man, in fact for the world.”

Gary Thompson – ACU General Secretary and Clerk of the Course for the Isle of Man TT: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Darvill Racing – a brand that is synonymous with success, passion for racing, and the development of innovative and cutting edge machinery. Electric Vehicles are now at an advanced enough stage that they can compete with conventional technologies and we are proud to be in a position to support the inclusion of the first mixed race on Roads anywhere in the world. It is truly an exciting time for motorcycle racing.

Via electricracenews
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