Ion Horse: 140mph ElectricWind-Powered Superbike to Compete in Isle of Man TT Race

June 9, 2011 / No Comments

Isle of Man TT Race is a motorcycle racing event held on the Isle of Man and for many years the most prestigious motor-cycle race in the world. Now, you may be wondering why we are mentioning the race event in our green site. Let’s us make it clear.

Ion Horse 2 Ion Horse: 140mph ElectricWind Powered Superbike to Compete in Isle of Man TT Race

One of the contestants for this year has given a green charm to the event with his ‘wind-powered super bike’. Designed by wind entrepreneur and Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, the Ion Horse electric super bike was built at Kingston University and cost GB£150,000 to make.

Dale Vince had hit the headlines earlier, when he created an electric car. Now, it seems he have made up his mind for a super bike!

Ion Horse 1 Ion Horse: 140mph ElectricWind Powered Superbike to Compete in Isle of Man TT Race

“Following hard on the heels of our wind powered car, the Nemesis – comes Ion Horse our wind powered bike. The guys at Kingston have built an amazing machine and we expect it to take the TT by storm. It’s another great demonstration of how transport of the very near future will be – powered by renewable energy, made in Green Britain – and with zero pollution.”-  says the designer.

Ecotricity’s wind-bike seems to outperform all the electric bikes we have seen so far. For instance, the lithium polymer cobalt cells power the bike from 0-60mph in just three seconds and can hit a top speed of 140mph. The bike’s energy will come from Ecotricity’s fleet of 52 windmills. A unique new direct drive system to give the team the competition edge is also expected.

The Ion Horse electric super bike hopes to be the first electric bike to complete a lap of the circuit with an average speed of over 100mph, claiming a cash prize of GB£10,000.

No doubt, a challenge for green too!

(via Ecotricity)