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SES TT Zero Challenge 100mph lap 'in sight' in 2012

Monday 23 January 2012
Action from the 2011 SES TT Zero event

The 100mph lap looks set to be achieved during the SES TT Zero 2012 Challenge, according to the Managing Director of the title sponsor.

Mark Guthrie, MD of event sponsors SES Satellite Leasing Ltd, the world leading Satellite

Communications provider, said:

“There have been some really strong teams entering in the past and we are looking forward to hopefully seeing the most competitive electric bike race yet.”

“The 100mph lap of the Mountain course would appear to be in the sights of a number of teams and as a sponsor it’s great to be associated with such a potentially historic event.”

Entries for the SES TT Zero 2012 Challenge opened earlier this month, and this year the entry process is administered through a new, fully automated, online race management system on the official Isle of Man TT website.

Teams will be competing to be the first to break the 100mph electric motorcycle lap round the world-famous Mountain course. Anticipation is high the milestone will be achieved this year, with Segway Racing MotoCzysz getting agonisingly close with a lap of 99.604mph in 2011.

In addition, the TT Zero Challenge Lap Award of £10,000 will be presented to the first team to complete a lap at over 100mph, or in the case of multiple 100mph laps being achieved during the race the award will be made to the highest placed finisher.

There will also be limited edition trophies, designed by a Manx artist, presented to the first 10 teams to average more than 100mph lap on the Mountain course.

Isle of Man Department of Economic Development Senior Manager for Energy Policy Dr Ken Milne is hopeful the event will attract quality commercial and university entrants.

He said:

“I am pleased the Isle of Man is continuing to offer clean emission motorcycle developers the opportunity to test their machines in the TT Zero challenge and I am grateful to SES for supporting the event again this year.”

“The Isle of Man has had an exciting year with a number of clean tech initiatives in the pipeline and the TT Zero Challenge provides us with a useful platform to promote the Isle of Man as a low carbon clean tech centre of excellence.”

Entries for the SES TT Zero 2012 Challenge will be accepted until February 29th.

For more information, visit our SES TT Zero Challenge page.

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