Victory Motorcycles is returning with the Victory Racing team to compete in the Isle of Man TT Zero race with an all-new electric race bike. Christened as the Victory RR, the American motorcycle manufacturer has developed the new electric motorcycle over the past year using data gathered during 2015 TT Zero event. Last year, company’s electric Empulse RR race bike achieved third position on the podium. For the 2016 edition of the event, racer William Dunlop will ride the Victory RR in the 2016 Isle of Man TT Zero race.
The Victory RR has received a newly developed battery module as well as an improved powertrain. Powering the Victory RR is a Parker GVM Water-cooled, 3-phase, IPM AC motor that is capable of producing 174 horsepower and a peak torque of 240Nm. As per Victory RR makers, the newly developed battery leverages the lessons learned from their entry in last year’s TT Zero event.
The battery is a ground-up new design developed with the help of Brammo, one of their technical partners. The overall energy and capacity of the battery have been improved and the result provides the bike with better performance.The bike is built around a steel trellis frame instead of the previously used extruded aluminum twin spar.
The electric motor has been reworked on with some enhancements.The motor is called the Parker GVM as it is developed in partnership with Parker Hannifin. It is claimed to pack in a world-class specific power (the power to weight ratio), producing a peak of over 170hp from a package that is only eight inches in diameter and five inches long. Victory’s international R&D development program is underway and the Victory RR bike is a test bed for technology that will be used in the firm’s future products.
Here are some quick specs of the new Victory RR Electric Motorcycle-
|Motor||Parker GVM Water-cooled, 3-phase, IPM AC|
|Frame||Trellis Steel and Composite Monocoque|
|Battery||Brammo Power Lithium-Ion|
|Battery Voltage (Vdc)||370 or more|
|Max Power (kW/HP)||130 / 174|
|Max Torque (Nm)||240|
|Seat Height (in.)||32|
|Front Tire||Metzeler 120/70 R17|
|Rear Tire||Metzeler 200/60 R17|
The first practice for the TT Zero is scheduled for 3 June 2016 at 20:40 with second practice on the 6th at 16:25 and the race itself on 8 June2016 at 16:20.
Commenting on the return to the Isle of Man TT, Alex Hultgren, Director of Marketing for Victory Motorcycles expressed that their company continuously pushes itself in performance is through the Victory Racing initiatives. The Isle of Man TT is one of the most challenging motorcycle races in the world. He further added that with a new machine and new technology their company continues to have high expectations. They are working to develop the best platform for the team’s racer, William Dunlop, who is familiar with the view from the podium.
Here is a video of the Victory Racing team rider, Lee Johnston, compete at the Isle of Man TT Zero to claim the first podium for Victory in 2015.