All posts from Susanna Schick

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Is Gas-Powered Racing Innovation Dead?

Event attendance at NASCAR, MotoGP and other series has plummeted during the recession.
Formula One and MotoGP fans and racers alike complain that excessive use of electronics has ruined the sport by making it less competitive.
The new Moto2 spec engine class is by far the most competitive and exciting, yet comparatively low-tech.
Electric motorcycle racing series TTXGP has spawned more innovation halfway through its first season than quite possibly the entire ICE motorcycle industry has over the past decade.

September 6th

ePower Electric Motorcycle Race at Laguna Seca

MotoCzysz’s 100-yard Dash to Victory Over Lightning The most exciting story of the ePower electric motorcycle race, in my opinion, is not the state-of-the-art ultra-mega high-tech MotoCzysz E1PC win. To me, it’s actually Lighting Motor’s second place bike that I find more interesting. I deeply admire Czysz’s commitment and his ability to bring this industry […]

July 27th

Roundup of News From TTXGP

In case you’ve been wondering why I’ve been so silent about the TTXGP recently, it’s only because I haven’t been able to make it to any more of the races. I prefer writing about events and rides I actually participate in. But since I’m at Laguna Seca, looking forward to watching Brammo unveil their new […]

July 24th

Racing an Electric Motorcycle at the Laguna Seca Refuel Track Day

When I heard about the Refuel event, a free track day and time trial at Laguna Seca, it was literally a dream come true. I have long been a devoted aficionado of the legendary corkscrew. Laguna Seca has a strict 92 dB sound limit except for major races, like MotoGP. This is due to the fact that some developer was able to trick a lot of golfers and other such genteel folk into buying property and playing a game that requires absolute silence next to a racetrack. So most race cars and motorcycles have to do obscene things to their vehicles in order to pass the sound check, or else go home and forfeit a $300+ track day.

July 14th

The Inaugural TTXGP US Race: a Killed EV1 Motor Makes a Comeback

While most of San Francisco was running across town in silly outfits, history was being made a few miles north, at Infineon Raceway. The tech industry isn’t just buying naming rights to racetracks, some might say it’s poised to take over racing as we know it. While gas-powered engine technology is mature and only making incremental changes, Azhar Hussain, TTXGP’s founder, has created a whole new game strictly for electronic motors.

May 18th

Zero S Electric Motorcycle Test Drive

The US electric motorcycle market is a niche within a niche. Motorcyclists still represent a tiny fraction of the traffic mix in the country where the automobile is king. While most motorcycles get better mileage and have lower emmissions than most cars, they still run on gas. There are very few electric motorcycles on the market, […]

July 6th