Last year’s TTGXP, was a huge success, with electric motorcycle manufacturers from across the world taking the trip out to the Isle of Man for the single lap race. Agni Motorcycles walked away with the 2009 crown, but many electric motorcycle manufacturers sat out the inaugural race. 2010 is going to be a much different year as the TTGXP expands its series to several different countries. The first race is scheduled to take place at the Infineon Raceway in California.
Throwing their hat into the ring with the likes of Mission Motors and Brammo is Roehr Motorcycles. They are promising to bring their an eSuperbike to the TTGXP that has more torque than most family sedans. Sweet!
Roehr is a relative newcomer to the motorcycle scene, putting out their first bike, the RV500, back in the year 2000. Their latest “traditional” offering is called the 1250sc, and is powered by a 180 horsepower supercharged Harley Davidson “Revolution” motor. Yeah, its a pretty badass bike, and Roehr claims it is the fastest production motorcycle in America. So how do you outdo that?
Simple. You go electric.
Roehr announced their intentions to tackle the 2010 TTGXP with what they are calling the eSuperbike. While the horsepower is only about half that of the 1250sc, coming in at 96 ponies, it has almost almost 100 ft-lbs of torque more. 210 ft-lbs of torque, in fact. And as any racer will tell you, torque wins races. Power will come from a 10kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack and the bike will be equipped with race-level suspension and braking.
As we all know, electric motors provide 100% of torque at zero RPM… so it will be hard not to wheelie right off the line I imagine. Roehr is also offering a detuned version called the eSupersport, which halves the horsepower and torque to more manageable levels while still providing a top speed of 100 mph.
The U.S.-built bike doesn’t have a set range, price, or anything about its charging capabilities… but with 210 ft-lbs of torque, who cares? If people are willing to shell out a hundred grand for a custom chopper built by two argumentative knuckleheads, somebody is surely going to shell out for this badass bike.