Victory Racing Again At Isle Of Man TT With All-New Victory RR Electric Motorcycle

2victoryraceVictory 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 called the . The Victory RR has been developed over the past year using data gathered during last year’s TT Zero and will be ridden by William Dunlop. Victory’s international R&D development program is well underway and the Victory RR bike serves as a test bed for technology that will be used in the brand’s future products.

3victoryrace“One way we continuously push ourselves in performance is through our Victory Racing initiatives,” says Alex Hultgren, Director of Marketing for Victory Motorcycles. “The Isle of Man TT is one of the most challenging motorcycle races in the world, so of course we have to be there.” According to Brian Wismann, Victory Racing’s team manager: “Our placed third on the podium in the TT Zero race last year, which we were thrilled with. Using the data we gathered on our laps of the TT course has helped us to develop a new battery module as well as improving the powertrain. We feel like we can return to the TT with more performance as well as being able to test this technology for our future products.”

5victoryrace“This year with a new machine and new technology behind us we continue to have high expectations,” Hultgren adds. “We are working to develop the best platform for our racer, William Dunlop, who is familiar with the view from the podium.” The newly developed battery leverages the lessons learned from our entry in last year’s TT Zero event,” Wismann says. “The battery is a ground-up new design with the help of our technical partners at Brammo and necessitated a big change in the chassis design – from an extruded aluminum twin spar to a steel trellis frame. The biggest difference in the battery itself is an improvement in both the overall energy / capacity we’re carrying onboard the bike, as well as a marked improvement in the energy density of the battery itself. As you know, lithium-ion battery technology is improving every year and with the we are leading the way to batteries that will provide more performance, greater range and less cost in future vehicles.”

Some enhancements have also been made to the electric motor. Developed in partnership with Parker Hannifin, the motor is called the Parker GVM. It boasts 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. With peak efficiencies topping 97 percent, it is clear to see why Victory gets excited about the potential of this powertrain for future products.

“Compared to the electric motor we used in the TT Zero event last year, this year’s version features an even further optimized winding configuration based on the data gathered from last year’s bikes,” Wismann says. “Coupled with the increased energy on board in the battery, William Dunlop will have access to more of the power available from this motor than in 2015.” Visit Victory Motorcycles  for more information.

9 Responses to “Victory Racing Again At Isle Of Man TT With All-New Victory RR Electric Motorcycle”

  1. 1 Ralph Dalberg May 19th, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Go Victory.

  2. 2 Joshua May 19th, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Electric race is only on one lap?

  3. 3 Tom Ryan May 19th, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Before I noticed the Victory name on the swing arm I thought I was looking at another Buell bike.This bike could use a hot v-twin motor to entice some of the sportbike riders over to Victory.

  4. 4 Boomer May 19th, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Oh yeah! Victory needs to build this bike for its customers. At 170 hp and battery tech getting better every year; this could be the electric superbike for the masses. The size of the electric motor is awesome!

    The Empulse is just too small. Might make a good little in-city runabout but not a 200 mile day ride. The bottleneck is always the same with electric cars and bikes; battery life until needing a recharge and then how long it takes to do it. A 60 mile limit just won’t do.

  5. 5 BobS May 19th, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Cool, bike looks good!

  6. 6 NoH2oh May 19th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    One lap = 37 some miles.

    That is a good looking sportbike. Warmed over Scout/Octane engine would be a cool match. Interesting they went to a trellis frame.

  7. 7 SpaceJJ May 19th, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    When can I buy the street version?

    Who at Victory do I have to sleep with to make this happen? 😉

  8. 8 May 20th, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    If memory serves, Victory had an electric race bike at The Vintage Festival in Alabama about three years back. It easily won the race it was entered in.Not sure what class it was in but the race was average length. Pretty cool to see but weird to see a race bike fly by without engine noise.

  9. 9 Highrider May 21st, 2016 at 2:36 am

    They had an electric bike at the demo ride in Vegas last week, that bike was “small” oh well!!!

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