Victory RR Electric Aims for the Isle of Man TT Podium

Victory Motorcycles return to the Isle of Man for the 2016 Tourist Trophy, and they bring a brand new electric race bike alongside their hopes for a new podium.
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The new machine is called Victory RR and comes with a Brammo powertrain, as you perhaps already figured out. The TT Zero is the second road race in which Victory is fielding an entry this year, after confirming their presence at the Pike Peak International Hill Climb.

Last year, Victory put their Empulse RR on the TT podium and for 2016, they envisage doing the same. The year passed with the R&D team improving on the previous bike using the input and data collected by William Dunlop. However, the new machine is also integrating both battery and powertrain technologies that are superior to those used in 2015.

Victory Racing team manager Brian Wismann says that the battery pack was redesigned from ground level and demanded, in turn, a redesign of the chassis. The Empulse RR had a twin spar aluminum frame, whereas the Victory RR now boasts a steel trellis one. "The battery itself is an improvement in both the overall energy / capacity we’re carrying on board the bike, as well as a marked improvement in the energy density of the battery itself," Wismann adds.

Parker GVM, the motor of the Victory RR was developed with Parker Hannifin and is only 8" in diameter and 5" long (20.3 x 12 cm). Still, it produces 174 hp and 240 Nm (176.9 lb-ft) of torque, with a peak efficiency of 97 percent, giving Victory high hopes for a great race at the Mountain Course.

William Dunlop will once more be at the helm of the Victory electric bike. The battery and motor technologies will also serve as a basis for the future road-going motorcycles, Victory says. "With the Victory RR we are leading the way to batteries that will provide more performance, greater range and less cost in future vehicles.We feel like we can return to the TT with more performance as well as being able to test this technology for our future products," Wismann concludes.
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