Motorcycles Electric Superbike Uses iPhone For Its Dashboard

Published on June 9th, 2009 | by Jerry James Stone

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Electric Superbike Uses iPhone For Its Dashboard

June 9th, 2009 by  
 

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Apple fanboys might still be drooling from yesterday’s iPhone 3Gs announcement, but I bet they never saw this coming: an electric superbike with an iPhone for all its instrumentation!

Heck, I was happy to finally get MMS support!

The MotoCzysz E1pc is one of the many entries in the TTXGP race this Friday. How the iPhone is integrated into the bike is still a mystery but features like its native GPS will surely be used. And whether it wins or loses, it definitely gets points for creamy white geeky goodness.

The E1pc can go from zero to 120 mph in “seven or eight seconds” according to Michael Czysz, the company’s founder. It uses ten lithium-ion battery packs with three electric motors all mounted on a carbon fiber main frame.

Here’s a video of its test run:

Czysz explains, “With teams from around the world ascending on the Isle, this is a true international competition and even though the machines are futuristic the race is not and the premise even less so- this is an old fashion ‘run what you brung’ race. Never would my Grand Father or even my Father imagined such a motorcycle would ever exist, even I would have doubted this event possible in 2009 only a few years ago.”

The TTXGP is a zero-emissions motorcycle race taking place on the famed Isle of Man Mountain Course. Some of the teams include Mission Motors, Brammo, EVOdesign and of course MotoCzysz. Other entrants include Barefoot Motors, Electric Motorsport and one of my favorites…KillaCycle Racing. Teams from the United States, United Kingdom, India, Austria, Germany and Italy all plan to compete.

TTXGP founder, Azhar Hussain, said, “With twenty-four confirmed entries, we are thrilled with the high level of interest the TTXGP has generated globally, and the superb quality of teams that will be involved.”

Source: Hell for Leather


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is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.



  • Constantin

    EV RULES !

  • Constantin

    EV RULES !

  • the design looks really cool, that alone is better than most bikes, but the green issue totally makes it even more attractive

  • the design looks really cool, that alone is better than most bikes, but the green issue totally makes it even more attractive

  • Uhm

    What an overpriced use of technology. I grant you major fail for wasting resources to develop a very half-ass solution.

  • Uhm

    What an overpriced use of technology. I grant you major fail for wasting resources to develop a very half-ass solution.

  • Joe Blowjob

    where do i buy one? how much?

  • Joe Blowjob

    where do i buy one? how much?

  • JOhn Davis

    Wow, most impressive. Would love to take that thing for a spin!

    RT

    http://www.anonymity.2ya.com

  • JOhn Davis

    Wow, most impressive. Would love to take that thing for a spin!

    RT

    http://www.anonymity.2ya.com

  • JJ

    If this thing can go for a few hours on a charge and the cost is reasonable sign me up. I know this is on the horizon, as the efficiency of electric motors goes up and the cost and weight of good batteries goes down it’s only a matter of time until we see battery power cars and motorcycles.

  • JJ

    If this thing can go for a few hours on a charge and the cost is reasonable sign me up. I know this is on the horizon, as the efficiency of electric motors goes up and the cost and weight of good batteries goes down it’s only a matter of time until we see battery power cars and motorcycles.

  • jmanlives

    It’s weird how the video makes you want to lean your head. WEIRD!

  • jmanlives

    It’s weird how the video makes you want to lean your head. WEIRD!

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  • LordOfRuin

    This is simply the start! The fact that there are now electric classes at the TT is simply amazing. The day will come when there will be more sparkies than combustion. Now, where do we plug in?

  • LordOfRuin

    This is simply the start! The fact that there are now electric classes at the TT is simply amazing. The day will come when there will be more sparkies than combustion. Now, where do we plug in?

  • This is clearly a gasoline-powered repro-racer in the video, not an electric motorcycle. Electric motors do not make that sound, nor do they use that many gears.

    A nice hoax.

  • This is clearly a gasoline-powered repro-racer in the video, not an electric motorcycle. Electric motors do not make that sound, nor do they use that many gears.

    A nice hoax.

  • hey Joel Fairstein

    Hey Joel… The sounds of engine and transmission are from the chase bike. Notice the change of gears as the camera feed lurches… The electric bike is the one being filmed.

    Nice bike.

  • hey Joel Fairstein

    Hey Joel… The sounds of engine and transmission are from the chase bike. Notice the change of gears as the camera feed lurches… The electric bike is the one being filmed.

    Nice bike.

  • Chad

    Joel Fairstein….

    I will assume you are joking…

    If not… you my friend… are an idiot.

  • Chad

    Joel Fairstein….

    I will assume you are joking…

    If not… you my friend… are an idiot.

  • Rob Durych

    Joel F, that’s the chase motorcycle you’re hearing. If you listen to the bike that’s being filmed, it’s not making ANY noise.

  • Rob Durych

    Joel F, that’s the chase motorcycle you’re hearing. If you listen to the bike that’s being filmed, it’s not making ANY noise.

  • CT

    Umm.. the noise of the bike and gears your hearing IS from a gasoline powered bike.. because that’s what the camera man is riding and that is where the camera is mounted. The electric bike is the one up front.. Wow I thought that was clearly obvious…

  • CT

    Umm.. the noise of the bike and gears your hearing IS from a gasoline powered bike.. because that’s what the camera man is riding and that is where the camera is mounted. The electric bike is the one up front.. Wow I thought that was clearly obvious…

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  • Doug

    Very cool looking bike and the iPhone dash is a cool touch.

    I’d best very interested in something like this but;

    1. 7sec 0-60 is too slow to really compete with any of the sport bikes out there.

    2. Range may be an issue and if charging takes a while that would mean if I want to take this bike to the twisties I’d have to trailer it.

  • Doug

    Very cool looking bike and the iPhone dash is a cool touch.

    I’d best very interested in something like this but;

    1. 7sec 0-60 is too slow to really compete with any of the sport bikes out there.

    2. Range may be an issue and if charging takes a while that would mean if I want to take this bike to the twisties I’d have to trailer it.

  • ChuckL

    Semi-impressive. But if that thing goes from zero to 120 MPH in 8 seconds, I’d like to know what the chase bike was. And if you want better lap times try a road racer rather than a street racer to ride it.

    With the above stated, I’d still like to ride it. My pet peeve with motorcycles, primarily Harleys and Harley wannabes is the excessive noise. Near silence would be wonderful. The argument that noise is a safety feature is phony. The noise is never heard until the bike is already to close to avoid, unless you are standing in your yard.

  • ChuckL

    Semi-impressive. But if that thing goes from zero to 120 MPH in 8 seconds, I’d like to know what the chase bike was. And if you want better lap times try a road racer rather than a street racer to ride it.

    With the above stated, I’d still like to ride it. My pet peeve with motorcycles, primarily Harleys and Harley wannabes is the excessive noise. Near silence would be wonderful. The argument that noise is a safety feature is phony. The noise is never heard until the bike is already to close to avoid, unless you are standing in your yard.

  • Muckmeister

    What you’re hearing is the trailing motorcycle…duh!

  • Muckmeister

    What you’re hearing is the trailing motorcycle…duh!

  • TAZ

    Uhm wrote: “What an overpriced use of technology. I grant you major fail for wasting resources to develop a very half-ass solution.”

    And my response:

    What an idiotic point of view!

    Every emerging technology must start from a seed and grow. The competition is an excellent idea, and this machine looks to be quite capable or not.

    The first cars were pathetic, too – by today’s standards, that is – but it’s a good thing people like you didn’t get in the way of the continued development of the car.

    Have a little foresight.

    PS. Fail is not a noun.

  • TAZ

    Uhm wrote: “What an overpriced use of technology. I grant you major fail for wasting resources to develop a very half-ass solution.”

    And my response:

    What an idiotic point of view!

    Every emerging technology must start from a seed and grow. The competition is an excellent idea, and this machine looks to be quite capable or not.

    The first cars were pathetic, too – by today’s standards, that is – but it’s a good thing people like you didn’t get in the way of the continued development of the car.

    Have a little foresight.

    PS. Fail is not a noun.

  • Todd

    This is really neat. But, let’s be clear. It is not zero emissions. If you have to charge it, that electricity has to be generated somehow. Even if you pedal a human generator to charge it, there will be carbon emissions. If you charge it with solar, there is a footprint to the fabrication of the solar cells. The bike itself has a footprint, especially the battery.

  • Todd

    This is really neat. But, let’s be clear. It is not zero emissions. If you have to charge it, that electricity has to be generated somehow. Even if you pedal a human generator to charge it, there will be carbon emissions. If you charge it with solar, there is a footprint to the fabrication of the solar cells. The bike itself has a footprint, especially the battery.

  • Ryan

    Is the bike or the amatuer rider the reason he never leans it over? It’s a double edged question, because I know he’s an amatuer, but I am curious as to what the bikes capabilities are. Speed is one thing, but if the bike can’t take easy corners, then there’s nothing really innovative to it.

  • Ryan

    Is the bike or the amatuer rider the reason he never leans it over? It’s a double edged question, because I know he’s an amatuer, but I am curious as to what the bikes capabilities are. Speed is one thing, but if the bike can’t take easy corners, then there’s nothing really innovative to it.

  • reaper

    It’s a great looking bike but BS in the long run as i like to ride long, hard and fast….So how long could a bike like this stay on the road? What? about 2hrs—Not worth it!

  • reaper

    It’s a great looking bike but BS in the long run as i like to ride long, hard and fast….So how long could a bike like this stay on the road? What? about 2hrs—Not worth it!

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