FIM announces electric racing series
New series to debut in 2010
The FIM’s announcement comes weeks after the June 12 TTXGP, billed as the world’s first zero-carbon, clean emission grand prix race. TTXGP founder Azhar Hussain will manage the new FIM electric road racing series.
“With the success of the TTXGP on the Isle of Man, we have shown that low-carbon technology is ready to deliver the thrills and passion for both spectators and riders. In partnership with the FIM, we are taking the next step and proud to be pushing new frontiers in motorsports technology both on and off the track,” says Hussain. “Competition improves the breed, so we hope this new Series will come to be seen as a milestone event in bringing new transportation technology to the world beyond motorcycling. We invite the best and the brightest in the world to join the global Series and be with us at the dawn of the next generation of motorsports.”
Official rules and scheduling are still to be determined. According to the FIM, the new series will be run under the Road Racing Grand Prix Commission which raises the possibility of it running as a support class to another FIM-run series.
“I am very happy with this new Series, the future of the sport depends on our capacity as well as that of the manufacturers to innovate quickly,” says Vito Ippolito, FIM president. “We are convinced that very shortly the motorcycle World Championships will be accessible to non-polluting engines as far as gas and sound emissions are concerned. Now that this important decision is taken, we have to work on rules and calendar to be ready to compete in 2010.”
2009 TTXGP results