2012 FIM e-Power rules released

A few days ago the FIM released the 2012 rules governing their e-Power series, and the TT Zero I believe.  Nothing drastic, just a revision on the 2011 rules.  This actually makes a bit of a departure as in the past the FIM all but copied and pasted the rules from the TTXGP series.  Some important technical aspects were changed to accommodate the speed of this type of technology, by the TTXGP, but the FIM has held firm on their voltages.  What we are seeing is the separation of the two series basic rule structure.  I predict in 2 years, if the rules hold steady, if you want to be on the podium in the TTXGP, you will probably not be legal in the FIM class.  Honestly, a secondary battery pack and some software is all that is basically needed at this point to make your bike legal in both series.  And really, if the tech is going the way of TTXGP rules, the FIM will follow.  Anyway, here is what is what.  The words in bold are the new bits for 2012:

“1.9.1   The Event schedule will be published before each event.
It will include:
– Technical and sporting checks,
– Free practice (minimum 1 session of 30 minutes)
– Qualifying practice (2 sessions of 20 minutes)
– Warm up (15 minutes)
– Race (minimum 1)
– Minimum time between practice sessions and warm-up and
race: 4 hours (time required for charging of batteries)
– Minimum time between Technical checks and practice
sessions: 1 hour.”

“1.10.1   All motorcycles should be checked by the Technical Stewards prior
to first participation in practice on safety aspects, according to the
published schedule.
Riders may present only one motorcycle for Technical Control which
will be specially identified by the Technical Controllers.
Unless a waiver is granted by the International Jury, riders who
do not comply with the schedule for administrative, technical or
medical controls will not be allowed to take part in the event.”

“1.11.3   Qualification for the Race
To qualify for the race, a rider must achieve a time at least equal
to the average of the best 3 times +20% in at least one qualifying
session.
Any rider who fails to achieve a qualifying time will be permitted
to take part in the race provided that in any of the free practice
sessions he/she has achieved a time at least equal to 120% of the
fastest rider in same session.
Such riders will start the race from the back of the grid, according to
their free practice times.
Exemptions may be granted by the International Jury.

“1.12.2   The Grid will be arranged in the 4-4-4-4 or 3-3-3-3 (clarification
made in the Supplementary Regulations) configuration ‘in
echelon’.
Each line will be offset.
There will be a distance of 9 metres between each row.”

“1.13.1   The length of races will be published before each event.
The total distance of the warm-up lap and the race, shall be
between 35 km and 40 km.

“1.14 START PROCEDURE
1) Only riders who have qualified will be permitted to start the race
from their position published on the final grid.
2) Approximately 10 Minutes before the Start of the Race – Riders may
push onto the grid from the pit lane.

5) Riders on the grid may at this stage make adjustments to the
motorcycle or change tyres to suit the track conditions. Tyre warmers
may be used on the grid. Riders should use a battery pack to
power tyre warmers on the grid. The use of a generator is not
encouraged.

10) 2 Minutes Before the Start of the Race – Green flag waved to start
warm up lap.
In the interest of safety, should a rider stall his motorcycle, he may
be assisted to restart. If, after a reasonable period, the engine does
not start then the rider will be pushed into the pit lane where his
mechanics may provide assistance.
The riders will make one lap, at unrestricted speed, followed by a
safety car. The safety car will overtake slow riders.
As soon as the riders have passed the pit lane exit, the pit lane exit
light will be turned green, and any rider waiting in the pit lane will be
permitted to join the warm up lap. Thirty seconds later, the light will
turn red and a marshal will display a red flag closing the pit lane exit.
Riders who do not complete the warm up lap will be given a
‘ride-through’ penalty.
On returning to the grid the riders must take up their positions
with the front wheel of their motorcycle up to or behind the front
line and between the side lines defining the grid position with their
motorcycles ready to run.
An official will stand at the front of the grid holding a red flag. Any
rider who arrives after the safety car has taken up its position at the
back of the grid must stop beside the safety car and start the race
from there, as directed by a marshal.”

“1.17 BEHAVIOUR DURING PRACTICE AND RACE
1) Riders must obey the flag signals, the light signals, and the boards
which convey instructions. Any infringement to this rule will be
penalised according to the provisions of article 1. 18.
17
2) Riders must ride in a responsible manner which does not cause
danger to other competitors or participants, either on the track or in
the pit-lane. Any infringement of this rule will be penalised with one
of the following penalties: fine – drop of position(s) – ride through
–time penalty – drop of any number of grid position(s) at the
rider’s next race – disqualification – withdrawal of Championship
points – suspension.
3) Riders should use only the track and the pit-lane. However, if a
rider accidentally leaves the track then he may rejoin it at the place
indicated by the officials or at a place which does not provide an
advantage to him. Any infringement of this rule during the practices
or warm up will be penalised by the cancellation of the lap time
concerned and during the race, by a drop of position(s) decided
by the Clerk of the Course.
The penalty will be first communicated to the team and then a
board will be displayed for the rider on the finish line during a
maximum of 5 laps. If the rider did not go back after the board
has been presented 5 times, he will be penalised by a ride
through.
Further penalties (such as fine – ride through – disqualification –
withdrawal of Championship points) may also be imposed.”

“• Chequered Black / White Flag
This flag will be waved at the finish line on track level to indicate the
finish of race or practice session.
After having received the chequered flag, riders must return
slowly to the pits. They cannot stop on the track right after the
finish line.

“At the time the red flag is displayed, riders who are not actively
competing in the race will not be classified.
Within 5 minutes after the red flag has been displayed, riders who
have not entered the pit lane, pushing or riding on their motorcycle,
will not be classified.”

“6. NUMBER OF MOTORCYCLES ALLOWED
Practice:
Admitted to the start of the race:
Qualified for the race:
Grid configuration:”

“2. Technical Regulations
The technical concept is for motorcycles with two wheels, having traction on one
or both wheels (scooters excluded).
Amendments to the technical regulations may be made at any time in order to
ensure fairer competitions.
During practices: If a motorcycle is found not to be in conformity with the
technical regulations during or after the practices, its rider will be given a
penalty for the event such as a ride-through, a drop of any number of grid
positions for the next race, suspension and/or withdrawal of Championship
or Cup points.
After a Race: If a motorcycle is found not to be in conformity with the
technical regulations after a race, its rider will be given a penalty such as a
time penalty, or disqualification.

In case of a dispute, the decision of the Technical Director will
be final.

“When liquids are used, the bottom fairing section must be closed to
hold a minimum of 5 litres of fluids. A cap must be fitted to remove
water in case of rain.

“All parts of the electrical equipment must be protected to at least
the equivalent of IP44 type protection. Exposed connectors must
be properly insulated and protected against abrasion in case of
accident (side covers!)

“All electrical cables inside the motorcycle must be rated according
to the diameter of the individual conductors and be protected by
means of over currents switches rated according to the diameter
of the individual conductors. Over-current trips must under no
circumstances replace the general circuit breaker (Emergency Stop
Button).”

That’s all I could find folks.  Enjoy. 😀

6 thoughts on “2012 FIM e-Power rules released

  1. I believe they were released about a month ago actually. Also the TT Zero rules are created by a different group than FIM as far as I know. They are at least different documents.

      1. With all due respect you are wrong on both counts. I downloaded a copy of the 2011 rules back when the TTXGP’s new rules came out. Both the weight was set at 250 kg (which I succinctly remember changing for 2011) and the voltages were set for 600VDC/440VAC. This is backed up by the fact that they would have been in bold in the 2012 rules if they had been changed.

        Thanks for the link and heads up about the TTZero rules. I will go find them now.

  2. Ah my mistake. The FIM rules are labelled 2010-2011 on my computer which I mistook for last year’s rules. Opened it again and the first page says 2010.

    I am in contact with TT Zero folks now to determine if their voltage rule will be updated to 600V+ next year since both TTXGP and FIM ePower are higher.

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