There are two incredibly dangerous race tracks in the world that blow me away because of their awe inspiring beauty and difficulty. One is Bathurst on Mount Panorama west of Sydney, Australia and the other is the street circuit on the Isle of Man. Anyone who can drive either of them well ranks as one of the world’s greatest drivers, in my opinion.
The Isle of Man TT features a class for electric motorcycles. The leading contender for top honors each year is the Mugen Shinsen entries piloted by veteran motorcycle racers John McGuinness and Guy Martin. Not far behind is the team from Sarolea. In 2017, it will field an all new electric motorcycle for rider Dean Harrison.
“This is my fifth year at the TT and the second time I will be riding the Saroléa SP7. I love the TT and for me, it’s the main event of my season. Every year, I learn more about the course and I think I will still be learning until the time I stop,” Harrison says. “Since last year, the team have made significant improvements to the SP7 and so I am excited to find out what they have done. The SP7 bike is heavier than a conventional bike, so it’s going to be physically more demanding, but I am in good shape and I ready for this challenge. My aim for this year is a podium and I cannot see any reason why that may not be possible.”
Sarolea is headquartered in Belgium and has brought an electric bike to the Isle of Man TT every year since 2014 when they finished fourth. They were fifth in 2015. The 2017 entry features a carbon fiber chassis developed and built by Sarolea as well as an all new brushless 3 phase DC motor also built by Sarolea. It is cloaked in an all encompassing cafe racer front fairing that reminds people of the classic racers that have challenged the Isle of Man course in decades past. If looks were a factor, the Sarolea SP7 would be on the top step of the podium at every race.
Want to scare yourself silly? Watch John McGuinness setting the electric motorcycle lap record at the TT in 2015.
Source: Asphalt and Rubber