ENTRIES for the Isle of Man SES TT Zero 2012 Challenge, the world’s premiere zero emissions motorcycle race, opened on Monday 9th January.
Teams will be competing to be the first to break the 100mph lap round the world famous mountain course on an electric motorcycle. Anticipation is high that the lap speed will be broken this year, with Segway Racing MotoCzysz getting agonisingly close with a lap of 99.604mph in 2011.
In addition the TT Zero Challenge Lap Award of £10,000 will be presented to the first team to complete a lap at over 100mph, or in the case of multiple 100mph laps being achieved during the race the award will be made to the highest placed finisher. There will also be limited edition trophies, designed by a local Manx artist, presented to the first 10 teams to average over 100mph lap on the Mountain course.
This year the entry process will be administered through a new, fully automated, on line race management system on the official Isle of Man TT website.
Mr Laurence Skelly MHK, Member of the Department of Economic Development with political responsibility for Clean Tech commented: “The Department will work hard to encourage teams to enter and thereafter liaising regularly with them and assisting wherever possible in order to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible. I am pleased the Isle of Man is continuing to offer clean emission motorcycle developers the opportunity to test their machines in the TT Zero challenge and I am grateful to SES for supporting the event again this year.”
Dr Ken Milne, Senior Manager for Energy Policy at the Department of Economic Development is hopeful the event will attract some quality commercial and university entrants. “I look forward to seeing teams from across the world compete to break the 100mph lap in what I believe will be keenly fought for. The Isle of Man has had an exciting year with a number of clean tech initiatives in the pipeline and I look forward to building on that in 2012. The TT Zero Challenge provides us with a useful platform to promote the Isle of Man as a low carbon clean tech centre of excellence.”
Entry into the SES TT Zero Challenge is open for two months with a closing date of February 29th 2012.