While I try to sift through all the stuff that was thrown at my head this weekend, and just what I should talk about, this is something that I think needs to be brought up now. eSuperStock, as far as we know, is the brainchild of Kenyon Kluge of Zero Motorcycles, MotoZero, and K-squared racing. It was arguably the best racing on track all season, accept maybe for Laguna. And, so far it is on track to be back next year.
Now, it is not definite, but the TTXGP is mediating between two manufacturers as they slowly (painfully slowly for some of us) come to agreement on the rules for next year. Basically how much you can hotrod the bikes. And most of that is in a hotter controller “map”. We have known for a long time that Brammo has been working on an eSuperStockish version of the Empulse called the TTX. We saw the prototype at Laguna. They are still working on it but as they are trying to get not one but three models of bikes out to customers, it doesn’t seem to be a priority yet. And yes, there are best intentions of having fairings be an option someday. They hope to have a whole kit (ie wheels, fairings, and suspension) that should save you a bit over buying them yourself. But the TTX should be available as we saw it at Laguna with bikini fairings in time for race season. However, you can just get an Empulse R and race it if the TTX isn’t available, and get the kit afterwards. Know that an Empulse R is a $19,000 bike. What we do know is that MotoZero is working on the 2013 Zero S eSuperStock bikes already (that probably means planning stages). The bikes should be pretty close in performance, but the stock Zero S is $3000 to $5000 cheaper depending on the pack size you choose.
Here’s what you should look forward to. This year Zero was able to show up with 4 pretty much stock bikes and almost had a different rider on them for every race. I suspect they can do that again, but I don’t know for sure. For Brammo running 2 GP bikes and Shelina Moreda’s TTX (yet to be confirmed but the intention is there) is all they can handle. So what you should plan on is buying a bike and having factory support in getting parts and technical knowledge. Not free stuff, but you shouldn’t be hung out to dry on a race weekend either. And knowing Brammo and Zero, you won’t be. Just be wary of Zero’s shipping department. They are earning themselves a bad rep among a few individuals. I think it would be best, if you decide to buy a Zero S to race to have something worked out with MotoZero as far as having spares on track. Like say, oh I don’t know, brake pads. But, this will be Brammo’s first time doing this, so don’t expect them to be flawless first time out either.
How do I get involved, you say. Well, do not contact the manufacturers. Negotiations are still going on, they seem to be going well, and I don’t want anyone screwing this up on account of my loud mouth. What you need to do is contact the TTXGP here. They will put you in touch with the appropriate party. This helps everyone gauge interest and start lining up teams and start gearing up to support them. This also helps the TTXGP in many other ways that will make your race season better while not affecting the manufacturers adversely.
How much will it cost? Well, I don’t really know for certain, but the Zeros proved dead reliable on track. For one, the cost of the bike, and as many bolt on parts the rules will allow next year. Then there is little to no maintenance other than tires, brake pads and chains. And most races are club race distances, so tires aren’t that much of an issue. And you’ll charge your pack the equivalent of 4 maybe 5 times. That’s, on the high end, $8 in electricity for the entire weekend, that the track won’t charge you for. Now, TTXGP entrance fees are another thing all together and something I have little to no knowledge of.
Want a dead simple way to go electric racing and get connections with the factories? This just might be your ticket.