Team Segway MotoCsysz the favourite at Isle of Man TT Zero [updated]

Autoblog names Team Segway MotoCsysz their favourite to win this year’s Isle of Man TT Zero in their article History will be made at the 2012 TT Zero. A Preview.

“Rising out of the chilly waters of the Irish sea, the Isle of Man is paradise for those who consider the world’s most dangerous motorcycle racing circuit to be nirvana. Once again, it is also the setting for the TT Zero: a one-lap race around the 37.7 Snaefell mountain course for all-electrics that pushes the edge of what’s possible with battery-powered bikes.

This year, history is sure to be made as the clean, quiet(er) machines finally break the ton – that is to say, exceed an average lap speed of 100 miles per hour…”

Last year Team Segway MotoCsysz won first and second place, almost becoming the first electric motorcycle ever to break the 100 mile an hour target (99.64 mph). This year, as many as 18 challengers will compete on the day.

Over at Engadget they have a photo of MotoCsysz’s E1pC bike with which they hope to conquer the world, noting hoe the “…new 2012 model is the one that’s really poised to upset the cart. The updated E1pc’s most conspicuous changes are on the outside: it tackles the problem of wind resistance at high speeds by bringing on aerodynamic ducts and fins. Inside, torque looks to be down to 162 foot-pounds, but the equivalent to 200 horsepower (twice what we saw in 2010) should more than compensate — and a much upgraded battery cooling system should keep MotoCzysz’ creation running at full bore for considerably longer before rider Michael Rutter has to back off the throttle.

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