Victory revealed a new electric sportbike prototype featuring an all-new battery module from Brammo. Described as a test bed for the company’s future powertrains, the new Victory RR will make its racing debut in the TT Zero class in the 2016 Isle of Man TT beginning May 28.
The Victory RR will be ridden by William Dunlop who was originally tabbed to ride the Victory Empulse RR in last year’s TT Zero but withdrew with an injury. His replacement, Guy Martin, finished fourth, right behind teammate Lee Johnston.
“Our electric Empulse RR race bike placed third on the podium in the TT Zero race last year, which we were thrilled with,” says Brian Wismann, Victory Racing team manager. “Using the data we gathered on our laps of the TT course has helped us to develop a new battery module as well as improving the powertrain. We feel like we can return to the TT with more performance as well as being able to test this technology for our future products.”
The 2016 racebike is all new, developed from data gathered in last year’s race. The Victory RR is powered by a Parker GVM water-cooled, three-phase, IPM AC motor. Measuring just five inches long and eight inches in diameter, the motor has a claimed peak output of 170 hp and 177 lb-ft. This would mark an improvement on the 150 hp and 162 lb-ft. claimed for the Parker motor from last year’s bike.
Powering the engine is the latest lithium-ion battery module from Brammo. Victory claims the new module offers more overall energy capacity than the previous module while also having increased power density.
To accommodate the new battery module, Victory switched from the Empulse RR’s aluminum twin spar frame to a new steel trellis design. The aluminum swingarm appears to be a carry-over item.
The Victory RR will make its public debut June 3 in the first TT Zero practice session. The race is scheduled for June 8.
|2016 Victory RR Specifications|
|Length/Width/Height (mm)||2089 / 680 / 1218|
|Seat Height (in.)||32|
|Front Tire||Metzeler 120/70 R17|
|Rear Tire||Metzeler 200/60 R17|
|Frame||Trellis Steel and Composite Monocoque|
|Motor||Parker GVM Water-cooled, 3-phase, IPM AC|
|Max Power (kW/HP)||130 / 174|
|Max Torque (Nm)||240|
|Battery||Brammo Power Lithium-Ion|
|Battery Voltage (Vdc)||370 or more|