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MotoCzysz E1pc Electric Race Bike Hits 140MPH

What happens when you load a motorbike frame with a bunch of heavy batteries, and a small yet ultra-powerful electric motor? Something close to the MotoCzysz E1pc perhaps?

Today an American company will race its two-wheeled baby at the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy), touted as one of the most demanding motorbike races in the world. Practice runs with the E1pc provided a top average speed of 94.6 mph and a top speed of 140 mph. The 2010 Isle of Man TT is held at a 37.733-mile course, with its trickiness leading to over 200 deaths in race history.

The MotoCzysz ("Moto-sizz") E1pc still can't compete with high-performance internal combustion bikes (the record for top average speed is 131.578 mph). Yet it has, in the words of Popular Science, "the competition quaking in their leather." The MotoCzysz also uses a horn, given the quietness of even the fastest electric vehicles as they zoom down the road.

Its five battery packs feature a total capacity 10 times that of a Toyota Prius. The electric motor, which fits in a tight space between the rear wheel and the batteries, can generate a sustained 100 horses and 250 Lb-ft of torque.

The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid has a 110 hp engine, but only creates 123 lb-ft of torque at most. More details are available through the link below.

The Inside Story of the MotoCzysz E1pc, the World's Most Advanced Electric Motorcycle

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  • sseyler
    schwiingIf it sounds like a prius when revving the engine, the "cool" factor of owning a motorcycle is gone.
    Motorcycles have more than one "cool factor."
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  • schwiing
    If it sounds like a prius when revving the engine, the "cool" factor of owning a motorcycle is gone.
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  • burnley14
    It seems like electric motors would be great on hairpins turns of motorcycle tracks, since they provide immediate maximum torque on acceleration. I'd like to drive it :)
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  • Kahless01
    nicely done. id buy it if the price was reasonable. but with batteries that hold 10X what a prius can i doubt its cheap. get that motor up to 130hp and keep the torque reasonable so you dont roast the tire and itll scream. and get it to travel at least 100miles. hell the current power would be ok if it could get the range extended enough to make it an option as my DD. keep it under 25k, closer to 20 and id buy it.
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  • Kahless01
    nvm, checked their website. the 09 model was available in a limited run of 50 for 100k each. for that price id rather have the tesla.
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  • captainnemojr
    mmmmmm...100% torque all the time. If only they made electric cars look that sleek and badass.
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  • schwiing
    The endless problem with electric vehicles is always "quick charge". Most of them use a 120V or 220V to charge (usually the latter) but take hours upon hours. Fix that and we have some serious changes
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  • silentq
    silent killer - literaly. finally electric vehicle that doesn't look like ass.
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  • tsnorquist
    Nice. I wonder if you have to replace the packs on one side only or if they can be slid from two sides (thinking having a pit crew to replace packs quickly).

    Hope the batteries are recyclable - environmentalist will be up in arms else wise.
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  • mlopinto2k1
    OK, let me get this straight. This bike has more 2x the amount of torque and almost the same horsepower as a hybrid car with more battery storage.. why the HELL would they not use this in cars? They could make the motor twice the size and use twice as many battery packs, put it in a car and have a f&&king BEAST. Completely, undeniably unacceptable.
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