November 3, 2009 (SEMA, Las Vegas) – At the SEMA trade show this week Mavizen has unveiled their all electric superbike, the TTX02. As previously reported (see More info on the electric superbike coming soon from Mavizen) Mavizen is closely tied to the TTXGP organization and this bike is targeted at teams who wish to enter the TTXGP racing circuit. The TTXGP racing series is the worlds first zero carbon motorcycle racing series, they ran several exhibition events during 2009, and in 2010 will have a series of racing events sanctioned by FIM and other organizations.
The TTX02 is the world’s first production electric superbike, a field which is undergoing rapid growth. Similarly to some other electric motorcycles on the market this bike can be called a ‘laptop on wheels’ due to its extensive use of computer and internet technology. The bike comes with an onboard computer running the Linux operating system, it has its own IP address and is Wi-Fi enabled with an embedded web server. The embedded computer is meant to make it easier for racing teams to customize the onboard software to their needs. Perhaps what will make the difference on the track is a customized software by one team or another. While the hardware comes with Linux built in they have tested it with Windows 7 and are contemplating support of the Android operating system.
Azhar Hussain, founder of both the TTXGP and Mavizen, said, “By building on the open standards of the internet and the PC, we unlock the creativity and lower the costs of innovation for teams, enthusiasts and riders. TTX02 is a development platform that invites the potential for success previously seen in electronic hardware and software, into the automotive industry. We need to pick up the pace of innovation and make it real fast; TTX02 is a key marker in that journey,” and that the TTX02 “gives potential participants a chance to acquire a bike that they can develop themselves to make it competitive and unique to them. Racing is brutal but at least with the Mavizen TTX02, the racers can start with a proven platform. Mavizen is about growing the grid by being an enabler by those who want to take part.”
The TTX01 was produced by Mavizen in November 2008 to “show what could be done”. The TTX02 was developed in cooperation with Team Agni and Cedric Lynch. These are the winning team of the Isle of Man TTXGP 2009 race. The Mavizen TTX02 uses the rolling chassis of an FIM homologated and road legal bike. Mavizen has not itself identified the original manufacturer, but clued in observers have determined it is a KTM RC8. The direct from the factory frames are delivered to Mavizen so their engineers can rework them to be electric.
Expected delivery is Q1/2010, and with the “Circuit Pack” target price is £25,000. It will be a ready-to-race bike already homologated for FIM use. While it will not be delivered as a licensable road legal bike, doing so is expected to be a simple matter of installing some lights and taking it to the DMV. Mavizen also plans to deliver a TTX-kit which is drive train components for installation on a standard frame.
Mavizen TTX02 : Technical specification
- Top speed: 130+ mph 70kw peak, 40kw continuous. Speed is dependent on gearing.
- Engine management: Fully web enabled open source system with a USB based system bus.
- Range: 25-50 miles under track conditions; 50-130 miles under regular road use, dependent upon batter pack selected.
- Pack options:
- Circuit Pack: 6kw/h, 25 miles track use, 38/60 miles hard/gentle road use
- Snaefell Pack: 11kw/h pack, 40 miles road racing, 75/130 miles hard/gentle road use, hot swappable power packs
- Sprint Pack TBA. 3kw/h, 6 miles track use.
- System OS : Linux (have also tested against Windows and may look into Android)
- Chassis: ` Homologated with Brembo brakes and suspension from WP
- Dry weight: 110kg. With Circuit Pack 160kg.
- Drive train: Interchangeable capacity is dependent on the pack selected during purchase.
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