The TT Zero clean emissions race will take place on June 8 as part of the 2011 Isle of Man TT. It will mark the second consecutive year that the Isle of Man TT included an electric racing class. The 2009 race was organized by the TTXGP but was not officially included in the Isle of Man TT.
“Running the electric bike race as part of the TT Races has given us an excellent platform to demonstrate the Isle of Man’s clean tech capabilities,” says Allan Bell, the Isle of Man’s Economic Development minister.” This event continues to offer best in practice development and puts the Island at the heart of innovative design and groundbreaking technology.”
The 2011 TT Zero will offer more rewards than the 2010 race. The 10,000 pound (US$15,572) bounty for the first team to record a 100 mph lap of the mountain course is still up for grabs after last year’s TT Zero winner, MotoCzysz, fell short, averaging 96.82 mph per lap including a to record 99.513 mph on its final lap. The Isle of Man government has also created a new award called the 100 Club for the first ten teams to reach the 100 mph mark. Members of the 100 Club will receive a special trophy.
The Department of Economic Development has also posted a University Prize of 5,000 pounds (US$7,786) to the fastest team representing a college or university in the 2011 race. Last year’s race included several university teams and the new reward will help to attract more.