MotoCzysz and Mugen Riders Unofficially Smash SES TT Zero Lap Record at Isle of Man


Michael Rutter & Mark Miller in front of 2013 MotoCzysz E1pc

Michael Rutter & Mark Miller in front of 2013 MotoCzysz E1pc

In first two days of practice on the Isle of Man, all three MotoCzysz and Mugen Motorsports riders unofficially smashed the SES TT Zero lap record from 2012, when the same three riders and the same two teams broke the 100-mph average speed record.

John McGuinness on Mugen Shinden Ni

John McGuinness on Mugen Shinden Ni

On the first day, McGuinness, on a new Mugen Shinden Ni, set a 21:25.32 lap time with an average speed of 105.650 mph. Additionally, Michael Rutter, on a 2013 MotoCzysz E1pc, crossed the line faster then his last year’s record (104.056 mph) clocking 21:38.15 this year at an average speed of 104.631 mph.  Finally, American Mark Miller – the second MotoCzysz rider – set a lap time of 22:07.37 at an average speed of 102.328.

“TT legends John McGuinness and Michael Rutter shocked critics and supporters alike with practice laps at a record speed of 105.6 mph and 104.6mph, respectively in last night’s first qualifying session at the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races for the clean emissions machines. The laps are only classed as unofficial as they were not set during a race.”

On the second day, Miller improved to 21:41.072 with an average speed 104.397.  And Michael Rutter did 20:59.806 at a record average speed of 107.817 mph –  quite close to the 110 mph goal.

Michael Rutter

Michael Rutter

Maximum speeds at this event were exceeding 140 mph.

Altogether, about 10 teams started in this year SES TT Zero race, but only these two teams, at least for now, were able to exceed 100 mph in average lap speeds.

First day results can be found by clicking here.

Sadly, this year, team MotoCzysz was lacking its founder Michael Czysz – an outstanding designer and constructor, which, because of the struggle with cancer, had to miss the event. Hopefully, Czysz returns to health quickly.

Qualifying is scheduled for Monday, and the race will take place on Wednesday.

Exciting times for fans of electric two wheelers, that’s for sure.

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4 responses to "MotoCzysz and Mugen Riders Unofficially Smash SES TT Zero Lap Record at Isle of Man"
  1. Malcolm Scott says:

    I’m of the view that the fastest EV innovation might be with motorcycles and perhaps in the racing form. For cars the design to production lifecycle is just so lengthy, made slower by product warranties and assurance of customer satisfaction.

    Motorcyclists have a history of using short lifed motorcycles, whether it was old Triumphs, two strokes, and even the modern hand grenade sports bikes that either die quickly down the road or are passed on.

    Electric car racing struggles to get off the ground and to have anything tantalising as top level performance.

    Whereas the IOM TT Zero has already established itself as the pinnacle of EV racing capability, with steady improvement each year. To get a motorcycle 4 times around a tough 37 mile street circuit at race speed is really impressive. Tell me, what electric car can race competitively for 148 miles?

    The good thing about this free form event is that they can use hand grenade battery chemistries and unobtainium materials to demonstrate what is possible. If it does not work well enough today, they can try something else tomorrow or next year. How long has the Volt and Tesla Model S architecture been in place? Yawn!

    Here is still an area were racing improves the breed, and what wins on Sunday, can sell on a few Mondays out.

    Just think about it. Use whatever distance per kWh you like for these IOM TT Zero bikes. That is still a lot of kW-h stored in a small space between the frames and hurtled down the road and around the corner powering a 120 hp motor at an average speed of 105 mph.

    We might think Honda a bit slow off the mark in the EV car market, but they seem to be making sure they remain the performance king at the pinnacle of racing motorcycles when racing electric motorcycles warrant the presence of the major brands.

    MotoCzysz is doing a great job as well, which will help commercial success for their products

    If it was not for MotoCzysz or Mugen, racing electric motorcycles would seem a bit pedestrian. The next best was 88 mph.

    Let the racing continue. We are all the better for it.

    Good photos and mostly stupid comments here

    1. GeorgeS says:

      Any guess on the kwh of the batts…15?

  2. GeorgeS says:

    No Empulse this year??

  3. Dave R says:

    Very close to 110 mph – impressive speeds! Looks like the record is around 130 mph average, so they still have quite a ways to go to match the 1000CC gas bikes. Give them another couple years. 🙂