Every electric racing motorcycle we’ve seen so far has suffered from one major problem: Physics.
They’re all perfectly capable of transforming electrons into motive power. And some, like Chip Yates’ 190.6-mph beast, are blindingly quick. But in their pursuit of powertrain innovation, the people building these machines have overlooked, if not forgotten, what’s made internal-combustion-engine motorcycles so successful: Less weight equals more performance.
Michael Uhlarik hasn’t forgotten that. He’s embraced it. The Amarok P1 that the Canadian motorcycle designer unveiled today weighs just 325 pounds. That’s firmly in Moto GP race bike territory and almost half what Yates’ 585-pound behemoth weighs.
That means the flyweight Amarok — Inuit for “wolf” — can do more with less. It needs a 7.5-kilowatt-hour battery to complete the 12 laps of a TTXGP race while its rivals need 12 kwh, or more. It also will be faster. The Amarok, like the Mavizen TTX02, uses a pair of Agni 95 electric motors. But the Mavizen weighs 375 pounds. Which one do you think will win a drag race?
The benefits of hauling less mass don’t end there though
“Smaller chassis dimensions means a tight handling package and a smaller frontal area, reducing aerodynamic drag,” Uhlarik says. “Less weight and less complication means lower costs to build and, using high-performance common metals instead of exotic alloys and composites, means simple tooling, hand fabrication and ease of repair and modification.”