MotoCzysz, Brammo have company, Honda gets into e-racing
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Through an affiliated company, Mugen, Honda is jumping into the electric motorcycle racing circuit.
Honda has become the first major manufacturer to enter the growing field of competitors on the electric motorcycle racing circuit, announcing it would enter the well-known Isle of Man TT Zero race with close partner Mugen.
Last year, the all-electric race was dominated by Portland-based MotoCzysz, which took the first- and second-place slots at the June race. MotoCzysz will try again this year to take the challenging 37.7-mile course at an average of 100 miles-per-hour.
Ashland-based Brammo Inc. also has a robust racing program and last year won the title of TTXGP North American Champion for its team's performance in a series of zero-emissions races put on by TTXGP.
Hell For Leather reports that while Mugen is the name entering the Isle of Man race, Mugen is basically a division of Honda Motor Company.
"It was founded in 1973 by Soichiro Honda’s son, Hirotoshi, and remains closely associated with Honda," reports Hell for Leather via Wired's Autotopia blog.
Late last year, Honda unveiled its RC-E electric motorcycle as a concept vehicle.
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