The Zytek Bournemouth Kawasaki racing team has withdrawn from the SES TT Zero challenge at the 2012 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy.
The decision to postpone the debut of the team was due to the ambitious nature of the plan to harness the very latest in electronic power train technology, and the team not being able to complete the comprehensive testing schedule it had planned.
Zytek had pursued its own motive solution developing an innovative, technically-advanced Permanent Magnet Motor, with a liquid-cooled rotor and the latest in Field Orientated control techniques for their electric racing motorcycle. Relying on this advanced technology the team developed a motor with more power and torque than a modern 600cc in a package weighing only 20kg which, when combined with their choice of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R chassis and racing suspension, gave the project a real possibility of podium success.
Zytek spokesman Des Hill explained withdrawal was not an easy decision.
“Due to the boundary-stretching nature of the technology involved it naturally takes time to test all the systems fully to prove their reliability and effectiveness for powering an electric racing motorcycle.”
“When you add the normal demands of TT racing, such as suspension and chassis refinement to suit the rider’s specific requirements, it is possible to perhaps understand what huge time pressure we were under.”
“Unfortunately we have not completed our planned test programme in time to be able to commit to racing in the 2012 SES TT Zero. Zytek would like to thank the TT organisers for all their help and encouragement along with our partners, Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing and the many other sponsors who have helped push this ambitious project forward.”
“For our rider, James Hillier, I know it will be frustrating, but he can rest safe in the knowledge that once our test programme is finally complete, we will have a formidable racing motorcycle displaying some of the most advanced technology yet featured in the class.”
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