The truth about the TT . . . well, not really. Just some numbers.

TT 2011 Senior TT

TT 2011 Senior

TT 2012 Superbike TT

TT 2012 Superbike TT

TT 2012 TT Zero

TT 2012 TT Zero

In the press that slowly leaks out after the TT Zero I had read and heard one or two things that got me curious, mostly because I am so unfamiliar with the TT.  Is 120mph average to Ramsey, as one team claimed they ran (and proven above) indicative of a 120-130 mph lap around the whole island?  Are electrics really there in power, and only lacking in all out battery density?  Well I could have answered that one. Yes.  In fact I could argue, with more of my infamously overly simplified math, that a couple of teams have way too much power in their bikes for the distance of the TT and the amount of battery on board.  Some of the TT Zero bikes are some of the most powerful in the entire paddock.  But there is a lot more to a fast lap than sheer horse power.  Weight, handling, and aerodynamics play as big a role.  So, is a 120mph lap average to Ramsey (roughly 2/3 distance) indicative of a 120 mph lap average.  Well it is simple enough to answer, see what the gas bikes are running.  So I took to Twitter and got an e-mail address taking me straight to one of the folks involved with the TT and carrying an Isle of Man governmental e-mail address.  How cool is it to e-mail the government for lap data!  Any way, they were kind enough to send me the above stats.

Since there was no Senior race this year they sent me the Superbike results at Ramsey for 2012.  You are looking at the numbers not in yellow.  As you can see Rutter was running 119.653mph average up to Ramsey.  However Mark Miller and John McGuiness were running 110 and 111 respectively.  But, the fastest bikes on the circuit were running 140 to 143 mph average up to Ramsey for the past two years.  Now there were wet spots on the track for the TT Zero race and such, but still, the gap is over 20mph up to that point.  Clearly from there to the finish line is slower as Rutter, trying not to run out of battery dropped to a 104, and the others a 102 and 101.  The 2012 gas guys dropped to that 126-130mph range at the end of their first lap.

Clearly there is still a big gap in performance, but I think these numbers show as much promise as they do disparity.  It’s good stuff.

2 thoughts on “The truth about the TT . . . well, not really. Just some numbers.

  1. Over a 3-years span it is a fantastic progress !
    No doubt they’ll keep improving the machines.

    The next big thing is really the energy-density as you said. Teh competition is there to improve it, the FIA is planning to start the Formula-E in 2014 so the battery technology will very soon improve a lot.

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