PHOTO CAPTION: Barracuda Lightning's best lap wasn't enough to beat Mission Motor's 2011 record.

Lightning Electric Motorcycle Finally Wins Laguna Seca

The race featured most of the top electric motorcycle teams from North America and Europe.

Published: 31-Jul-2012

Barracuda Lightning and Icon Brammo took 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions on the podium yesterday at the third running of the FIM e-Power electric motorcycle race at Laguna Seca. The e-Power electric motorcycle racing series is a sort of cousin to the TTXGP, and this is the second year the that the e-Power and TTXGP organizations jointly run the Laguna Seca round. The race featured most of the top electric motorcycle teams from North America and Europe (it lacked both MotoCzysz and Mission Motors) and marked a huge leap forward such that the top electric motorcycles are now on the verge of 600cc gas superbike speeds and lap times.

The weekend featured fine weather, with high temperatures around 70 degrees due to the typically cool California coast weather. Yesterdays race was delayed by 2 hours due to another typical feature of California coast weather, fog. By race time at 12:20 the weather was clear and warm.

The race started with the typical Michael Barnes zoom from the starting line. He does this every time, even from the back of the pack, thanks the powerful machines Lightning Motorcycles builds. He led the race riding the Barracuda Lightning #80 giving very consistent 1:35-1:37 lap times. His best lap time, 1:35.319, was not fast enough to beat the 1:31 best lap time by Mission Motors last year, so that track record still stands. However Barnes' best lap time on Saturday, 1:33.860, put the team within striking distance of beating the Mission Motors record.


European series part of international electric motorcycle race series that includes North America and Australia.

TTXGP competitors at European series.

Azhar Hussain, TTXGP World Championship founder, highlights the role of the TTXGP electric motorcycle race series in building interest in electric vehicles.

Matt Kent rides the BOLT electric motorcycle, achieving a top speed of 98.5 mph.

The BOLT weighs 385 lbs and is based on a 2009 Honda CBR600RR converted to electric by students at the Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory of Virginia Tech.


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