The new Victory RR electric superbike boasts 174bhp and 240Nm of torque, while weighing 240kg. Should pack a pretty hefty punch! We won't be surprised if it wins the TT Zero this year
Victory Motorcycles have unveiled their all-new battery-powered electric superbike, the Victory RR, which will race at the Isle of Man TT this year. The bike, developed over the past year using data gathered during the 2015 TT Zero, will be ridden by William Dunlop. 'One way we continuously push ourselves in performance is through our Victory Racing initiatives. The Isle of Man TT is one of the most challenging motorcycle races in the world, so of course we have to be there,' says Alex Hultgren, Director of Marketing for Victory Motorcycles.
The Victory RR, which weighs 240 kilos, uses a hybrid chassis comprised of steel-tube trellis-type and composite monocoque sections. The bike is powered by a water-cooled Parker GVM 3-phase AC electric motor, which produces 130kW (174bhp) and 240Nm of torque. The motor gets its juice from a Brammo Power lithium-ion battery which has a voltage rating of 370+. The Victory RR rides on 17-inch wheels shod with 120/70 (front) and 200/60 (rear) Metzeler tyres.
The Victory RR is also supposed to act as a testbed for production-spec electric bikes, which Victory hope will be a part of their line-up in the not-too-distant future. 'Our electric Empulse RR race bike 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,' says Brian Wismann, Victory Racing's team manager.
'The newly developed battery leverages the lessons learned from our entry in last year’s TT Zero event. 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-tube trellis frame. The biggest difference in the battery itself is an improvement in both the overall energy / capacity we’re carrying on board 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 Victory RR we are leading the way to batteries that will provide more performance, greater range and less cost in future vehicles,' says Wismann. '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. 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,' he adds.
The 2016 TT Zero stars at 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday, 8th June!