Energica becomes the motorcycle supplier for FIM Moto-E World Cup
In the future, motorcycles will whiz past you on the tracks but you won’t hear a thingby Sagar, on
Dorna Sports, S.L. is that commercial entity that holds the rights to conduct all MotoGP Championships and all forms of supersport and superbike racing held around the world. Now, this organization is prepping up for conducting races that will consist of electrically powered superbikes. The FIM Moto-E World Cup.
Drona has awarded the ’one make’contract to an Italian electric performance motorcycle manufacturer, Energica, after considering a Belgian company, Sarolea, and Lightning Motorcycles of the USA as contenders for the supplier.
The FIM Moto-e World Cup is becoming a reality in 2019 and will run on Energica Ego motorcycles.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock all this while, you must’ve seen videos where a bunch of chaps race around a mountain course on a small island near the UK mainland. That, ladies and gents, is the great Isle of Man TT. Where the world’s ballsiest and gutsiest men and women take out their Superstock and Supersports out on narrow public roads and race for all the glory.
In the same event, motorcycles powered without the use of carbon-based fuels and have zero toxic/noxious emissions also participate in their version of the TT race known as ’TT Zero’.
Dorna, however, does not see over the TT races. But, they did once upon a time used to conduct the FIM e-Power Championship which followed the unification of the former TT Zero series with the FIM "e-Power" electric motorcycle racing series. This series was for some unforeseen reasons canceled from 2014.
All of this is said to make a comeback in 2019 with the Energica powered motorcycles that will run on batteries charged with "clean energy"; energy that will be generated using multiple resources other than just grid electricity. Reports suggest they also want to set up units that feed on photovoltaic energy and solar farms.
Riders will pace around the tracks on Energica’s Ego motorcycles that will be race tuned to run at around 175 mph. The street version has a limited top speed of 150 mph and output of 108kW from the 134hp PMAC motor.
There will probably be a total of five rounds to this format where close to 20 e-bikes will run at speeds up to 175 mph and will operate as a support class to the GP weekends. In fact, Dorna is looking out at the current MotoGP teams and riders to fill the entries.
Energica used to run the World Champion electric racing and European Champion electric racing before they got into making the road versions. The eCRP 1.4 was their premier championship machine developed from the aerospace and F1 experience gained from their parent company, CRP.