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.
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!
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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.
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TTXGP/FIM – the roadmap for the electric FIM World Championship
5th March 2013
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.
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