TTXGP All In with 10yr FIM Deal! And I have NA Dates! On my Birthday no less!

TTXGP World Final group photo

How’s that for professional.

Yes you have waited long enough, and to get the critiques out of the way I got information before some (or most?) of the teams have.  There has been some staff changes, and the staff size is about to double.  So, you could say the ball was dropped, and even that it is possibly understandable.  But in no way do I feel the teams should be further out of the loop than me.  But if this goes down like it should, that won’t be a problem ever again.

2013 Race Calendar

First thing’s first, this year there will be 4 US and 4 European rounds, with a World Final in Asia.  Where in Asia, or just exactly when, is still being worked out.  The sad news is that while there will be an eFXC in Australia still, it will not be a part of the TTXGP next year.  So the 4 rounds will be MotoGP weekend at Laguna Seca, MotoGP weekend at Indy, then Miller Motorsports Park, and (still to be confirmed) back to Laguna for a romp with the World Superbikes.  If you’re an elmoto only race fan, Miller is the race to go see.  I really like this schedule.  I would have preferred to have gone to Texas with MotoGP as well, but Azhar said it was just too close time wise to get in.  It sounded like it had definitely been talked about.  I think this is great because you get 3 big rounds in front of a world audience and then one quaint little get-a-way that those of us who don’t want the crazy atmosphere of an FIM event like a MotoGP or WSBK weekend, but want crazy access to the teams.  I have no idea what the European schedule will be like, or where they are going yet, but since the TTXGP still has a contract with Assen that’s a pretty good bet.

FIM

First e-Power name is dead.  RIP.  So, as I predicted with some insight, the FIM has now legitimized itself by aligning itself with the TTXGP [this is where you snicker knowingly].  The FIM is the organizing body, and the TTXGP is the promotional body (such as Dorna or InFront Sports Dorna).  Together they have hashed out a fairly comprehensive plan.  The FIM’s new series’ class structure will go like this: 2013 will be same ol’ same ‘ol minus the TTX75 award, but those bikes are still legal and encouraged to race.  2014 will be GP only and a proper World Championship in support of MotoGP at 6 rounds.  2015 will be the start of it’s own World Championship and a new class will be introduced that was described as “spec racing with prototype parts” and like “Moto3”, with 8 rounds of its own.  And races will happen on 3 continents.  I’d like to see races on 4 continents (cough*Philip Island*cough) in 2015, but hey.  Also, they are going to set the rules early on with the intention of making them as stable as possible.  All of this is to make it as good for the teams as possible, which should make it better for the fans.  But having a full on FIM World Championship seems like a big leap for small teams like we have now.  But with the help and support of the FIM, and the allure of huge crowds they bring, there may be just enough money out there to get Muench, eCRP, Brammo, Lightning, MotoCzysz, Amaork, and others promising race bikes to fill the grid in coming years.

TTXGP is eSuperStock for 2014

For 2013 the TTXGP moniker will go the way of the Do-do, only to show up in the North America for 2014.  In 2014 the eSuperStock class will be the only class and under the TTXGP moniker.  The eSuperStock formula will be as open sourced as Android in that any club or professional motorcycle racing organization (ie, AMA, WERA, AFM, CCS, LCCR, etc) can run an eSuperStock event.  It will possibly even be packaged with apps for the tech inspectors to use to check the bikes during pre-race inspections.  The bikes, by 2014, will be homologized by the TTXGP.  That means that manufacturers will submit a bike to the TTXGP to be approved.  There must be 25 made to qualify. So far Brammo is reported to be all in with their TTX, and 3 other companies will be launching their version in the next year and a half, and Zero is not one of those 3.  Hopefully they will be a fourth, but I’ll have to get in contact with them.  Now, the Motor, Controller, Batteries, Frame, and Swingarm cannot be modified in any way.  However, after that everything is fair game.  So you could potentially be able to run a Muench, Amarok P?, Lightnings, Brammos, Zeros, and eCRP’s Energica.  The goal is to make electric motorcycle racing as accessible as possible for everyone, and help the manufacturers sell bikes.  All the series have to do is cut and paste the pre-packaged rules, inspect the bikes with pre set up specs for the inspectors and let people go.  And you can put on as many rounds as you want.  I do not believe the rules are set in stone for the eSS yet, and they will be using 2013 as a shake down for the rules package, much as some of the teams may use it to get a year of development for the 2014 season.  The TTXGP is hoping for 6 rounds for 2014.  I don’t see why they wouldn’t have more, especially knowing what’s going on on the West Coast.  2015 will expand this program into Europe and Asia.  Now, that is not where it ends.  Your top 6 placing’s for the season are counted towards the invitational regional final (read continental), just like the World Final we have now.  Here’s the really cool part.  The winner of the regional final get a free ride in the next year’s FIM World Championship on an electric GP bike.  It is meant to be talent driven.  So, a club racer could end up racing in front of the FIM’s MotoGP crowds and teams for a 6 or 8 race season.  This just might be a fast track to a Moto2, WSBK, or WSS ride.  That, is a big deal.  And it’s a damn big deal that it’s happening in North America first.

To recap, nothing much is changing for 2013 other than now it is an official FIM series in support of MotoGP and World SBK.  2014 will be the year of big changes.

Clearly these folks have been really busy.  Lets go racing!

Press Releases from both the FIM and TTXGP

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The FIM teams up with TTXGP for promotion of new e-Road Racing series

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with TTXGP to promote a new series of electric powered motorcycle road racing events. This agreement lays the groundwork for growth and a higher profile for the sport.
The new series will initially be run as a World Cup and as a support class to other FIM Championships events. For the inaugural season in 2013, it will consist of four events in both Europe and the USA, and a Final in Asia. And for 2014, it will revert to a championship calendar with a minimum of six events over three continents.
The next milestone of this new concept comes in 2015, when this FIM Championship becomes a headline event in its own right with a global calendar.
Since first FIM World records in 1994 and the first Road racing event held in 2009 by TTXGP, electric powered motorcycles have shown huge improvements in both range and power. The new e-Road Racing series will provide an intercontinental platform for the development of electric powered two-wheelers and showcase their great potential as clean sports and road vehicles.
FIM President Vito Ippolito said of the groundbreaking new series: “Through this agreement, we are taking another important step towards the growth and promotion of clean electric road racing. The FIM is committed to furthering sports events for electric motorcycles which will certainly be a major component of the motor sport of the future”.
TTXGP founder Azhar Hussain considers the agreement a milestone in the development of electric motor sport: “This partnership with the FIM clears the way for a single destination for all the world’s innovators to drive the next generation of technologies for competitive motor sport beyond the grid. We look forward to working with the FIM on this exciting project”.
The name of the series and the 2013 calendar will be released shortly.
—————————————————————————————————————————————————–About the FIM (www.fim-live.com)
The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) founded in 1904, is the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed by 108 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.

TTXGP/FIM – the roadmap for the electric FIM World Championship

5th March 2013
TTXGP

TTXGP and FIM have combined to build and deliver the next decade of top flight electric motorsport. We invite you to share, contribute and be part of the change for the next generation.

TTXGP and FIM have agreed to unify and build a single World Championship. We will be announcing the name and branding soon but the deal spans to 2023 and sets out a framework for our sport that we can all plan against. There is only one electric FIM World Championship and only one place to prove your talent, tech and vision before a world searching for answers and heroes.
We have created three steps to growth for the Championship.
2013, working with FIM and Dorna, we will be supporting them at a number of MotoGP/WSBK/Endurance events around the world. Following the previous TTXGP format, a 4 round European and 4 round North American championship will culminate with a single final. This final will be our debut in Asia, where a World Cup winner will be crowned. Now the ink is dry on the main contract we can address The Technical Rules, which will be announced soon, keeping as much as possible in line with 2012 so all the teams will be able to continue with their existing development programmes. TTXGP Australia is dropped from the calendar.
In 2014 the programme format will change, as we transition to becoming a World Championship which will follow a traditional format of accumulated points with no world final. The World Championship will follow a world calendar of at least 6 events again supporting the FIM’s existing road racing series.
From 2015 onwards, we expect to be running the world’s first all-electric World Championship weekends across 3 continents as the main event. We are developing more content and classes and will be announcing deals with new partners over the course of the next 18 months.
We will be sharing more details of classes, time horizons and objectives as soon as possible. We need this to be a collaborative process with all our stakeholders. We welcome your ideas, help and of course participation to build a championship whose impact will outlive the track, the sport and us.
The key takeaway is that we are now embarking on a period of sustained growth, opportunity and certainty on a worldwide basis.

You are all invited. Be Part of it.

TTXGP is the promoter of the electric road racing FIM World Championship.

Related Web Link: FIM announces new e World Championship

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10 thoughts on “TTXGP All In with 10yr FIM Deal! And I have NA Dates! On my Birthday no less!

  1. I’m VERY interested in the “spec racing with prototype parts” (aka Formula) class rules. Right now, the FIM’s rules are nearly wide open – I’m hoping it retains the innovation friendly part while keeping the expense of motors/controllers/batteries somewhat tolerable. Will the “Formula” class be an additional class or the only class?

    I was somewhat disappointed to see TTXGP either degenerate or evolve (depending on whether you build or buy your racer) into eSuperStock. That said, the change is understandable. I don’t think this will turn small workshops into small production shops. Instead, I think it will benefit a few existing companies until Honda and/or Yamaha and/or (?) builds a few dozen heavily subsidized club racers for sale.

    1. There were little difference between the TTXGP’s and FIM open class (aka GP) rules, and I do not believe the 2013 e-Power series rules on the FIM’s site are the rules for 2013, but some conglomeration of the 2’s minor differences. Don’t look at it like the TTXGP is going away but that the TTXGP and e-Power are combining into one entity. I suspect it will continue to be very open until some serious money starts causing big advantages. Also, the TTXGP isn’t going anywhere, just assuming the promotional role. In 2015 when the new series becomes it’s own circus you will continue to have the GP class. The other class you are interested in will be in addition to it. The eSuperStock is a way to feed that series in the future, and give the manufactures yet another avenue sell and promote product.

      After my interview with Mr. Whittamore (https://ttxgpmatters.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1898&action=edit) I feel he may have inadvertently given me a little glimpse into the Japanese manufacturers stance. What I suspect is that they are waiting for the startups to figure out the right type of motor, the right type of controller, the right type of batteries, and then they’ll join in. I’m not sure that is going to work out too well for them, and I think they’ll be waiting a while. As far as them building bikes to race in the eSuperStock, I think it’d make more financial sense for them to make prototypes to race in the world championship.

      Thank you for reading!

      1. Interesting – was just discussing about the path from GP to eSuperStock and how good results from developing a prototype in GP racing should result in some limited racer production potential – and maybe even some street bike production. I hope the powers that be recognize that and facilitate it.

        I’m guessing that making a racer concept street legal is far less complicated with electric machines than internal combustion machines.

  2. Well, Mavizen offered bikes to buy from the beginning, eCRP offered lease bike copies of their GP bike, and Muench offered production versions of their race bikes last year as well, and really no one has bitten on any of them. There really doesn’t seem to be a path straight to a production racer. To get there apparently you have to make a production bike, and then offer a SS version/kit. That’s a long way ’round if you ask me, but Brandon Miller and Jerimiah Johnson’s one run at Daytona, and MotoZero, show the potential. The TTXGP and FIM want things to grow and are as aware as they can be. I’ll be darned if I can figure out the lessons there. Maybe that Americans are conservative early adopters? “I’ll go electric racing, but only if I can do it the exact same way I got/race my ICE bike”? Brammo, Hollywood Electrics with their Zeros, and the TTXGP are at least creating avenues.

    I think Lightning may just prove your last comment. Power delivery/tuning is no where as hard from what I can figure, and emissions are of no concern, but refinement and reliability would be the issues that I see. [insert “I’m just a blogger” disclaimer here]

    1. Regarding the availability of electric racing motorcycles: as I said in my recent comments on HellForLeather, the sport has been in a chicken-and-egg position from the start. Yes, Mavizen, eCRP and Muench offered, but none of them made sense. The Mavizen didn’t ship on time, or deliver reliability in numbers high enough to justify the costs, and other than a handful delivered to teams in the UK and one in the US, that model failed. The eCRP and Muench were astronomical in price, costing more to lease than the full purchase price of the Mavizen ($40,000). Lightning’s offering by these standards seems reasonable, it remains to be seen what happens.

      In the glory days of privateer racing, a factory 2 stroke from Honda or Yamaha cost between $25,000 and $35,000, depending on spec and number of spares included. You could walk into any Yamaha shop in the country and order TZ250 parts over the counter. Today, with any new 600cc super sport motorcycles you can buy one, and install off-the-shelf club racing mods (fairings, quickshifter, race shocks, full exhaust and eprom) all in for about the same money and go club racing. Spares and upgrades again available at any decent bike shop in the world.

      How can you fill a grid in a series where the only possibilities are to buy something costing as much as double conventional bikes, with nearly no tuning parts access or to build your own conversion and hope for the best? Even a basic conversion, like the race winning 2007 Suzuki GSX-R based AGNI was very expensive and employed a half dozen professionals with specialized skills.

      Electric motorcycle racing will come of age, and fast, but only when a crate racing solution is found for under $30,000 and with lots of super sports motorcycle commonality. Brammo seems to get this by offering a TTX package for the Empulse. The new rules mapped out by TTXGP show that progress is coming, but this year and possibly next will no doubt see more of the same, wild and inconsistent results. I hope we are part of that mix in any case.

      Michael Uhlarik and Team Amarok

      1. See, I didn’t know what to make of it, and now I do. I use the multiple plates in the air analogy myself, but I’m liking the chicken and egg more.

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but I am pretty certain eCRP was offering their bike for $5000 a race weekend including getting the bike there and support crew. With at most 5 races a season over there that would have been easily under the price of you listed. I think this was offered after the initial lease announcement. Did they turn everyone off with the price you mentioned? I had forgotten about Lightning. That will be something to watch.

        But is having a line to the factory through your local dealer really better than a direct line to the factory itself? I would think that a team would get a lot more attention from an elmoto factory helping them develop their bike than anonymously ordering parts through their local dealer. I guess when I look at eCRP, Muench, Mavizen, or Lightning I see something like buying a Moto3 bike from a small Honda or KTM. It’s a purpose built race bike so how many hop up parts could there be in the catalog? And don’t you first need to figure out how to get the most out of the bike you have? I’m just a blogger, so I’m asking, not picking.

        Wild and inconsistent results are apart of what makes it exciting for me. You never know what is going to happen. Like back in the days when most of the F1 cars wouldn’t even finish the race. Who got it right and who didn’t. However, I think Laguna this year is the closest finish we’ve had in NA. It seems like things are coming together slowly as everyone finds the “easier” big chunks of time and is forced to find the smaller.

        Really looking forward to seeing you guys out there this year!

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