Electric Motorcycles Race on Indy Speedway
Electric motorcycles hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 18, 2013 as part of the FIM eRoad World Racing Cup, sponsored by Red Bull. Eight bikes, four Brammo Empulse RR and four Zero S models competed in the eight lap race, with Shane Turpin taking the checkered flag in 15:18.967. Eric Bostrom, also riding a Brammo machine, came in second 13:733 seconds behind him, with Kenyon Kluge on a Zero S 131.996 seconds behind him.
Ted Rich, who came in sixth on a Zero S, remarked prior to the race that his bike "is no Prius."
"It’s a high-performance motorcycle right off the shelf just like R6 or any of the gas Supersport bikes. This is a real motorcycle. You could ride it to work every day, you can race it out here. It’s ready for prime time. It’s very unique, too," reports the Washington Post.
In another first, Shelina Moreda was the first woman rider to compete in both the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Series gas bike race at Indy and the FIM eRoad race. She came in fifth in the e-cycle event.
The series is being run simultaneously in Europe with the Oschersleben race also being run on August 18th. The last race in the series will be at LeMans in France on September 21, 2013.
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