2011 TT Zero Podium Contender – Ecotricity Ion Horse



UPDATE: Tons of detailed Ecotricity Ion Horse pics here.

The Ecotricity Ion Horse. At first glance this brightly colored bike with gigantic motor and beefy swingarm seem to have come out of nowhere to contend for the TT Zero podium. There are three big factors that might get the team across the finish line in the top three.

First, Ecotricity have been working with TT Zero veterans Kingston University London who are on their 3rd year of eRacing on the Isle Of Man. So, they have the experience. Second, the motor. The bike is powered by an Oxford Yasa DD500 Motor with 400 Nm of continuous torque and 800 peak Nm. Serious power at ~51 lbs. Third, it seems Ecotricity and/or a large unnamed investor put £ 150,000 (just shy of $ 250,000 USD) into making the bike happen.

During yesterdays practice, rider George Spence kept the bike close to the performance of MotoCzysz rider Mark Miller on the 2010 e1pc. Spence was .5 mph under the average speed (81.133 mph) and seconds shy of Miller’s lap time. However, they were not quiet as fast as the newer MotoCzysz e1pc piloted by Michael Rutter which was said to have hit top speeds of 150 mph during Monday’s practice.

The Ecotricity Ion Horse is claiming a 140 mph top speed so without some gearing changes they probably will not win the TT Zero. With the TT there are many factors that can quickly change the math so stay tuned Wednesday morning when the bikes hit the Snaefell Mountain Course for the final.

Click the break to see a video of the Ecotricity Ion Horse testing at Jurby on the Isle Of Man and the full specs of the bike.

Bike NameIon Horse
MotorOxford Yasa DD500
Top speed140mph
0-603s
Peak power100kW
Continuous power55kW
Max torque800Nm
Continuous torque400Nm
Battery typeLiFeBATT Lithium polymer cobalt
Battery capacity14kWhrs
Range40 miles racing, 120 mile road
Weight220kg

Source: Ecotricity

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  1. Written by Lightning Motors 2011 TT Zero Entry | PlugBike.com
    on June 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm
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    [...] Borrows and Lightning will be a great match for Mark Miller’s older MotoCzysz machine. The Ecotricity Ion Horse / Kingston University team which also posted great times and should be in the hunt for the [...]

  2. [...] rule out Lightning Motors and Ecotricity for a podium spot. They have been much quieter about how practice sessions went and may have tricks [...]

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