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North American TTXGP Champions: Brammo

Congratulations to Brammo for winning the necessary points in the TTXGP North American series to allow it to clinch the title of “Champion.”

As I described in this post, Brammo needed to finish last weekend’s race at Miller Motorsports Park with a 7th or better placement — and this, only to defend against Mission Motors’ attack on the title.

Now we know that:

1. Mission Motors did not show at Miller

2. Brammo finished 3rd, behind first place (and new TTXGP participant) MotoCzysz, and second place Lightning.

3. There was no way for Brammo to finish the race and end up in any worse position than fifth (sixth, if the second Lightning bike had finished the race).

In the graphic, above, the points for Miller have not been posted but Brammo earned an additional 16 points for its third place finish, giving it a total of 57 points.  MotoElectra got another 13 points for its fourth place finish, giving it a total of 46 points and the Second Place North American Championship title.  Lightning received another 20 points, giving it a total of 45 points, and the Third Place title.  Lightning, once again, “missed it by THAT much” and, no doubt sorely regrets not competing in the race at Infineon in June 2011.

Congratulations to the Brammo Racing Team and rider Steve Atlas for putting on a consistent and reliable effort this season!

What does it mean?

The accomplishment represented by Brammo holding the “TTXGP North American Champion” title can be attributed to the spirit behind this comment by Brammo’s Brian Wismann from a post on the Brammo Owners Forum:

It’s been a great season and it was truly a team effort combined with a rock solid reliable race bike that made the championship a possibility.

Wismann would be the first to admit that the Empulse RR was not the fastest bike in the TTXGP paddock.  He and the team changed the gearing to take advantage of the bike’s available power but in the end, it was no match for the faster, one-off bikes of Mission, MotoCzysz and Lightning.  But, as they say, showing up is half the battle.  Here, it was showing up + finishing + staying in the game that gave Brammo the much-deserved title of champion.  As Wismann said,

Rest assured this technology will hit the street with the Empulse production bike and next year’s race bike will move our performance on to the next level!  What an exciting time to be involved with electric motorcycles!

Keep watching this space for more news and amazing developments that Brammo intends to share in the coming weeks.  No laurel-resting here.  There is work to be done.

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Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

With the release of the 3D video of Steve Atlas riding his little butt off at Thunderhill Raceway aboard the Brammo Empulse RR racebike growing imminent, I began to panic.

Having waited too long to order a pair of anaglyph (red and blue) 3D glasses from a reputable mail order dealer, my calls to potential sellers proved fruitless.

Instead of continuing my futile search for these elusive specs in flyover land, I decided to take matters into my own hands and I go0gled “DIY 3-D Glasses.”

Triumph!  “How to make 3-D Glasses” had been addressed, already, by Wired magazine.  Unfortunately, it called for the purchase of “red and blue acetate “from your local craft store.”  Because my local craft store makes WalMart look classy, I try to avoid it.  Instead, I found, further down  on the same page, instructions for using a CD case and red and blue markers to achieve the same end.  Although I didn’t have a CD case handy (really), I found the next best thing: clear acetate.  And yes, red and blue markers:

MacGyver those glasses!

A few minutes later with the markers and some scissors:

Et, voilá!

Now, it’s just a matter of waiting on Brammo.  Should be on line any minute, right?

{INSERT PLACEHOLDER HERE FOR 3D VIDEO WHICH WILL ARRIVE SO VERY SOON}

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Get your 3D glasses ready – Brammo Racing video coming this week

That’s not a sissy-bar behind Steve Atlas on the Brammo Empulse RR racing motorcycle, seen here testing at Thunderhill Raceway last week.  That is a GoPro rig behind him:

Two Gro Pro Cameras some fancy software and a superlight carbon fiber tripod. The footage will go up early next week…

According to Brian Wismann, Director of Product Development:

This footage turned out so cool… We’re just editing the clips together, so you’ve got some time to find a pair of red/blue Anaglyph glasses prior to the release.  It’s a great camera angle on Steve, you really get the feeling you’re “riding along” with him on the bike.

Anyone know where to pick up those glasses?  I asked around at my local Wal-Mart and got the usual blank stares.  Let me know in the comments, and no extra credit for links to Google searches.  I want to be able to buy these off the shelf, not wait on the U.S.P.S to send them through the mangler on the way to my mailbox.

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Brammo to Race in TTXGP U.S. Final at Miller

This just posted on Brammo’s Facebook Page:

Brammo will be at Miller with Steve Atlas on the Empulse RR. This will be a great circuit for the teams with higher top ends like Mission and Lightning, so we hope they’re able to make it to show what’s possible on a “fast track”. Kudos to TTXGP for making something happen after the series was dealt a huge blow by the cancellation of the AMA races at VIR, an event outside of their control.

Miller Motorsports Park September 3rd and 4th Bike Fest:During bike fest, bikes from all over the region converge to race, show off and mingle. The racing is fun and the bikes are hot. And Brammo will be there to race in the TTXGP.

Miller Motorsports Park is about a 30 mile drive southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah.  That’s about a 12 hour drive from Ashland, Oregon, for the Brammo folks.  Good to hear that they will be there, considering the necessity of competing in, and finishing this race.

More information from Miller’s site:

BIKE FEST, BONNEVILLE VINTAGE GP

September 3-4

Bike Fest: This is a collection of motorcycles hitting the pavement is sure to be good time. During bike fest, bikes from all over the region converge to race, show off and mingle. The racing is fun and the bikes are hot.

Bonneville Vintage GP (AHRMA): Historic racing. Come watch these historic bikes race and be part of history. The Bonneville GP is sanctioned event of the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association. These bikes were the fastest of their kind in their day and still tear up the track. Watch side car racing and classic racing during this incredible bike filled weekend.

And this just in, from TTXGP:

TTXGP confirms North American Final 2011 at Miller Motorsport in association with the AMA Utah Sport Bike Association (UtahSBA)

5th August 2011

TTXGP

TTXGP, the world’s premier electric motorcycle championship is pleased to bring the North American Final 2011 to Miller Motorsports for the Labor Day weekend. A thrilling finale to the 2011 US season and qualification to the TTXGP World Championship Final 2011.

In partnership with the Utah Sports Bike Association (UtahSBA), the FIM North American Union/AMA sanctioned TTXGP North American Final will crown the national champion for 2011.

The TTXGP North America 2010 champions returns to defend the title but face considerable competition from Brammo who are currently leading the championship points table. 2010 champions, Lightning motorcycles team boss Richard Hatfield commented, “The Lightning team is looking forward to defending our title. We were on the podium in the last round at Laguna Seca despite having had the bikes back in the US only ten days prior and having just one-track session to prepare.  We are excited for a rematch now both the TTXGP and TTX75 bikes are dialed in, and looking forward to the race.”

“UtahSBA is honoured to have the TTXGP racing with us. They’re breaking into new areas of motorcycle technology that will likely define the future of our sport, and it will be exciting to see them in action. We think the teams will find Miller Motorsports Park a fantastic, world-class circuit and facility,” said Kory Cowan, UtahSBA.

“We are pleased to build on the success of Laguna Seca and to give a thrilling final to the TTXGP 2011 season at such an iconic location” said Azhar Hussain, CEO of TTXGP “Our thanks to the all the partners involved in helping us making this happen and we look forward to being hosted by USBA and crowing a TTXGP North American Champions 2011.”

You can catch all the action on Speed2 in September. Follow us @TTXGP for the latest info and updates from the weekend.

The action continues this weekend at Assen, with Round 3 of the TTXGP Euro Championship 2011 when a guest MotoGP rider Japser Iwema takes to the TTXGP field on a 40,000 strong weekend as part of the new Gamma Rizla Cup. Round 4 will be in Karlskoga, Sweden on Sept 3/4.  Our penultimate Australian round will be over the same weekend.

About USBA
The seven-race Mountains series, developed by Miller Motorsports Park, organized by the Utah Sportbike Association (UtahSBA) and sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), was created to encourage competitive road racing at the club and regional levels. In its seventh year, the series has quickly turned into a premier event drawing top-level talent from around the nation. For more information on schedule, rulebook, purses and contingency, visit www.utahsba.com/racing

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Brammo Empulse RR Dash

Close up of the Empulse RR dash

Over on the Brammo Owners Forum, the regulars were dissecting the picture, above, of the Empulse RR dashboard taken last weekend during Brammo’s triumphant return to the world of electric motorcycle road racing.  What is the big number “3” for?  Is the “1.58.8” the lap time?  Does the “45” represent miles per hour or perhaps state of charge of the battery?

Thank goodness that Brian Wismann, Brammo Director of Product Development, dropped in to clear things up:

You got it mostly figured out.  The GPS timing is accurate within about 50ft of the start/finish, so the time displayed for the previous lap is +/- .2s.  This photo was obviously either from one of the practices or maybe the first race based on the time displayed there. The 47 is the speed and you can see the motor rev counter above it.  The 72 is just indicating the minutes of data acquisition logging still available before the internal memory runs out.  This system has been instrumental (ha!) in understanding the effects of changes to the system and ultimately bike performance.

RUNLA = Run lap timer.  There are various display modes.  Best sector time, Best lap time, Last Lap Time, etc, etc… . If there were a problem with the motor or battery, you would see a warning displayed here instead.

Here’s another close up, taken during a later lap:

According to a tweet on Monday morning by Wismann, the Brammo bike was intentionally operating at 85% power.  Even at 15% below max, the bike shattered last year’s TTXGP track record, held by the ZeroAgni bike.  Kudos to Steve Atlas, rider for this weekend’s races at the A123 Infineon Round of the TTXGP North American Championship series.  Not only is he pretty handy with a bike, he’s a marksman with a bottle of champagne:

It’s not clear when we’ll see Brammo next.  In about a month, the TTXGP race at the New Hampshire International Speedway at Loudon will be held. A month later, the show returns to the left coast with a race scheduled for Portland International Raceway for July 17, and another the next week at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.  The historic pairing of TTXGP and FIM e-Power at Laguna is a great thing (we hope) and a real “kum-ba-ya” moment which may end up overshadowing anything that happens the week before at PIR.  I think it’s a safe bet that we’ll see Brammo at the track in July.  Just not clear, yet, which track or tracks it will be.

What is clear is that Brammo’s two wins last weekend ended up winning them 50 points in the race to the championship round, wherever that may end up.  LeMans is another joint race with FIM that will occur on September 23 -24.  Whether that will serve as the World Championship isn’t clear to me, as there is actually another race that occurs the next month in Australia.  This “lack of clarity” is nothing to be alarmed about.  If there is one thing I’ve learned during my extensive (irony intended) experience with the sport, it is early in the electric motorcycle racing season and tracks and dates are bound to change.

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Busy Brammo Weekend

“Divide and Conquer” is a good guess for Brammo’s mantra of the week.  According to Brammo’s Events Calendar, their race teams will be split between two events:

The TTXGP A123 Race at Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, California, and

The Monster Energy Grand Prix at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, California.

Link to discounted tickets for the TTXGP are here.

The challenge of having a road racing team and a motocross team (all while continuing to be a leader in the nascent industry of electric motorcycles) is going to be apparent this weekend.  These two tracks are approximately 450 miles apart.  It is likely that Brian Wismann, Director of Product Development at Brammo, will be at the TTXGP event, as he has been a driving force behind the Empulse RR racebike development.  The bike will be ridden by Steve Atlas of Motorcycle-USA.com.

It’s not clear who will be the motocross team manager, although Dave Harvey, a long-time Brammo technician, is likely to be front and center, given his love for the dirt.  The Brammo Engage, announced last week, will be racing with its innovative 6-speed transmission.  Hopefully, the larger track at Glen Helen will allow the bike to show the benefits of a transmission – something that the small track at the MiniMoto event last weekend seemed to limit.

Keep watching this space for news about whether video feeds will be available for either of the events.

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Brammo RR testing at Thunderhill – Videos

Wismann drags a knee. (Photo by Charles Lee http://www.beautifulvista.com)

Jensen Beeler of Asphalt &  Rubber crashed the Brammo party at Thunderhill Raceway yesterday, and got some great shots (which you can see over on A&R)  while he was at it. Make sure to drop by and check out the great pics he was able to catch.

He shared two videos from the event… number 1 and 5 from the collection, below.  Check ’em all out:

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