Michael Rutter does first ever 100mph lap on an electric motorcycle at the Isle of Man TT, winning the 2012 SES TT Zero race and a £10,000 prize from the IoM Government!
Back in 1957, Scottish rider Bob McIntyre became the first man ever to achieve an average speed of 100mph (160km/h) at the Isle of Man TT races. This year, Michael Rutter has repeated the feat. On his Team Segway Racing MotoCzysz electric motorcycle. Yes, Rutter, who’s won the 2012 SES TT Zero race, is the first man ever to do a 100mph lap at the IoM TT on an electric bike.
Rutter finished ahead of John McGuinness , who took second place in the SES TT Zero race on his Team Mugen Shinden machine, while MotoCzysz’s second rider, Mark Miller took the final podium position. All three broke the 100mph average speed mark during the single-lap TT Zero race, with Rutter doing 104mph, McGuinness, 102mph, and Miller, 101mph (average speeds) around the around the 37¾ mile mountain course at the Isle of Man. Rutter also won a £10,000 prize from the IoM Government for his efforts.
‘The greatest motorcycle riders and manufacturers in history are synonymous with the Isle of Man TT Races and I am so proud to be adding the name Segway Racing MotoCzysz to that list. What the team has achieved today is truly ground-breaking and is the culmination of years of hard work,’ said Michael Czysz.
‘The design of the 2012 MotoCzysz E1pc focuses on overall vehicle and system efficiency, with aerodynamics being a high priority. This year, we were capable of building an eGrand Prix machine with sufficient torque, horsepower, handling and reliability, so what was next? We want more for longer. Adding range is simple; you could add more batteries or you could do more with less. Racing, the automotive industry and the world in general desperately need to recalibrate from using more, to using less more efficiently. Nowhere is this more critical than when creating an electric machine,’ adds Czysz.