Lightning Motors TTXGP Entry – The EV1 Powered Electric Race Bike


Lightning Motors #80 At Infineon Raceway

Last year the Lightning Motors Moto-1 hit 166.388 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats during BUB week toping Mission Motors single pass top speed. Spinning away inside the Ray Abrams trellis frame was the 3 phase AC Induction, 104 kW heart of the Saturn EV1 electric car. You know, the one GM killed? Richard Hatfield’s Lightning Motors team somehow found one and tied it to a 345 volt, 11 kWh, A123 lithium nanophosphate battery pack. The electronics between the two allow for user controllable features such as regenerative braking and data acquisition.

This electrical trickery will come in handy when Lightning Motors Moto-1 hits the grid at the first round of the North American TTXGP electric race series at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Richard Hatfield and his team are veterans in the electric motorcycle world and are definitely a team to watch this weekend at TTXGP. A&R reports they looked strong in practice yesterday.

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  1. Written by dan f
    on May 15, 2010 at 11:39 am
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    Someone get them an East Up!

  2. Written by travis
    on May 17, 2010 at 10:56 am
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    This bike is amazing…. it needs changes to help handling around corners, but it kept passing, multiple times, the Zero/Agni bike…. it was hilarious, it has GOBS of power.

  3. [...] Higbee took first place on the Zero/Agni bike after a back and forth battle with Michael Barnes of Lightning Motors. Barnes had some technical issues which caused him to slow down towards the end of the race but [...]

  4. [...] buzzing about the heated battle between Shawn Higbee on the Zero Agni and Michael Barnes on the Lightning Motors bike. Shawn rode the lighter, more agile Zero quickly through the turns while the 525+ pound weight and [...]

  5. [...] at Zero Motorcycles sent over a great video of the 2010 TTXGP race at Infineon Raceway. It includes the commentary of [...]

  6. Written by Count Down To FIM e-Power At Leguna Seca | PlugBike.com
    on July 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm
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    [...] Barnes have become very comfortable walking away from the field with the huge acceleration of their EV-1 powered bike. If they do show I really want to know how long Barney can hang with MotoCzysz. Czysz’s Intimate [...]

  7. [...] Motors Michael Barnes #80 is back with team Lightning Motors and will be on a much lighter bike than last years EV1 powered Yellow Banana. As Motoelectric [...]

  8. Written by Lightning Motors 2011 TT Zero Entry | PlugBike.com
    on June 8, 2011 at 9:55 am
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    [...] is known about the 2011 Lightning bike but here is what I have scraped together. Gone is the legendary EV1 motor but the howl of it spooling up under power will not be forgotten. Bothan Spies brought me word it [...]

  9. [...] Dude.  It’s a car motor.  In a motorcycle.  Specifically, the “3 phase AC Induction, 104 kW heart of the Saturn EV1“, (via John at Plugbike). [...]

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