Victory Motorcycles announced today that they will be entering the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Zero race with a prototype electric motorcycle. Victory will be utilizing the technology when they purchased the electric motorcycle company Brammo in the TT Zero race. The TT Zero race is a class that features only electric motorcycles.
The race bikes will be Brammo’s rebadged with the Victory logo. Specifically reworked Brammo Empulse RRs but I’m sure the Victory engineers have made some improvements to the bikes for this year’s TT Zero.
Riding the Victory electric motorcycles on the Isle of Man will be Lee Johnston and William Dunlop. Victory released this video of Johnston talking about his racing background, what it’s like to ride an electric motorcycle, and preparing for the Isle of Man TT.
Victory Motorcycles – Isle of Man
Victory trademarked the name “Victory Charger” and it is likely the company will introduce this electric motorcycle in the summer, after the electric motorcycle race. We imagine they will use any success at the Isle of Man to help the marketing for the Victory Charger. Of course now this makes people wonder, is the Charger going to be a cruiser motorcycle or a sportbike? Polaris, Victory’s parent company, hasn’t given out too many details yet about what they are doing with electric motorcycles beside the fact they will be definitely be building a model. We also know that the Victory Charger will be built at the Polaris factory in Spirit Lake, Iowa. As for other details everyone is going to need to wait until June it seems.
It should be noted this is the first foray Victory and Polaris are making into the world of electric motorcycle racing. This should be a good test for the company as the 37-miles Isle of Man course is widely considered one of the most intense and grueling race course’s in the world. Technically the circuit is not a “race track” as it takes place public roads on the tiny island of the Isle of Man, which is off the coast of the United Kingdom. They are closed off for a week of intense racing fun.
With the resources and commitment of Polaris and the talent of riders like Dunlop and Johnston we imagine Victory should be successful at the TT Zero. Good luck to the Victory team at the Isle of Man.
You can read the full Victory Motorcycles press release below.
VICTORY MOTORCYCLES TO RACE PROTOTYPE ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE AT THE LEGENDARY INTERNATIONAL ISLE OF MAN TOURIST TROPHY
MEDINA, MN – Victory Motorcycles is announcing their intention to race at the iconic International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) event on a prototype Victory electric race motorcycle.
The prototype electric race bikes will be piloted by William Dunlop of the legendary Dunlop dynasty and by Lee Johnston known in the racing world as “General Lee”.
Victory Racing will compete in the Isle of Man TT electric class, marking the first time that Victory Motorcycles has entered a professional motorcycle-racing event in Europe and raced an electric motorcycle. Parker, the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, is providing the race-proven, high performance GVM PMAC motors for both machines.
“The entire Victory team is excited to make history with this effort,” said Rod Krois, Victory General Manager. “We know that William Dunlop’s experience and the continued Victory Motorcycles development of this electric race bike through work with Parker will propel us into a strong future with electric motorcycles.”
With more than a hundred years of history, the annual International Isle of Man TT, raced on the Irish Sea Island, is one of the most demanding and exciting races in the world. The SES TT Zero Challenge class event for electric motorcycles is a one-lap race round the island’s 37.73 mile Mountain Course scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
“I’m more than excited to race this prototype at the Isle of Man,” said professional rider William Dunlop. “Electric powertrains have many advantages, and the Isle of Man is one of the greatest tests in motorcycle racing.”
Professional Rider Lee Johnston will be riding the second entry for Victory Racing at the Isle of Man TT and said, “I’m excited to make history by racing the new Victory electric race prototype. It’s thrilling to be part of the emerging electric motorcycle movement.”
Ben Furnish, Marketing Manager for Parker Hannifin said, “Parker is thrilled to be involved with Victory Motorcycles in this historic event with these talented riders. We look forward to working with Victory to develop high performance powertrains for electric motorcycles. “
The Victory Racing prototype electric race bike features a dedicated electric racing motor and power cells as well as highly sophisticated electric controls to maximize peak power, power delivery, and durability under racing conditions. Victory engineers have further refined the electronics and chassis for the upcoming race with private test sessions in North America.
Motorcycles will host a continuous news feed of updates and photos from the Isle of Man TT and will have more information available on the Victory electric prototype race bike at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com. Be sure to follow Victory on Twitter @VictoryBikes and on Facebook at facebook.com/VictoryMotorcycles for additional updates. To learn more about Parker and their production version of the GVM traction motors visit http://www.parker.com/hev.
About Victory Motorcycles
Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, manufactures and markets a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring motorcycles. Every Victory model delivers industry-leading performance, comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where every Victory motorcycle continues to be produced today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel and accessories is available at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com
With annual sales exceeding $13 billion in fiscal year 2014, Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 57,500 people in 50 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 58 consecutive fiscal years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.parker.com, or its investor information website at http://www.phstock.com.