State of Sustainable Racing 2012 Case Study
Launched in the UK (Isle of Man) in 2009, TTXGP World Championship is the world’s first zero carbon sanctioned motorsport event (the EV Cup claims to be the first zero carbon auto racing event). In October 2012, the TTXGP World Final Championship will be held for the first time in the U.S. at Daytona Motor Speedway.
Motorcycles are custom-built within TTXGP specifications. While many teams use production parts to custom assemble their machines, some teams are sponsored by manufacturers who are designing TTXGP bikes for production and utilizing the TTXGP race series as a way to showcase the performance of their machines. The Brammo Empulse is the best example of this, and Brammo is currently taking pre-orders for this model. Prospective owners are educated on range and speed specifications on the 3 Empulse models.
- Vehicle Type: Zero Emission motorcycles as per TTXGP Specifications
- Fuel/Energy Source: Electric
- Years in Production: 4 years
- Sponsors: AMA, IET, A123 Systems, bmf, UEM, Mavizen. U.S. Team sponsors include Brammo, Segway Volt Motorcycles, Mission Motors, Zero Motorcycles.
The TTXGP along with strategic sustainability project specialists Quimera, the International Motor Sport Association (IMSA), the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), have just announced that they will combine their respective areas of expertise to create a new race circuit (see Case Study 9, the International Electric Vehicle (EV) Series for more information).
Strengthening the collaboration between the (International Motorcycling Federation) FIM and TTXGP, both parties have once again agreed to combine three rounds of their respective race series – the FIM e-Power International Championship and the 2012 TTXGP World Series. The joint events will be: FIM MotoGP WC, July 28-29 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (USA); FIM Endurance WC August 11-12,at Oschersleben (Germany); and 24 hours of LeMans FIM Endurance WC, September 7-8, at Le Mans (France).
2012 TTXGP Race Season
TTXGP Specs and Speed Records
Research by Dominican University’s Green MBA Program
Authors: Jake Baker, Robin Carew, Diana Connolly, Jack Decker