FIM Endorses Alternative Energy Race

Publish Date: 
Mar 16, 2009

IN JANUARY we told you about the TTXGP, a time trial competition open only to two-wheelers powered by clean emissions technologies that is to be held in June on the Isle of Man. Now the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) the world governing body for motorcycle sport, has officially endorsed the race.

“The FIM has the willingness to invest in this area that is evolving very quickly,” says Vito Ippolito, president of the FIM. “For about a year and a half, we have put in place a working group on alternative energies chaired by our American vice president (Robert Rasor). The future of the sport depends on our capacity as well as that of the manufacturers to innovate quickly. We are convinced that very shortly the motorcycle World Championships will be accessible to non-polluting engines as far as gas and sound emissions are concerned.”

Azhar Hussain, a British entrepreneur and founder of TTXGP (Time Trials Xtreme Grand Prix), presented the idea for his race to the FIM Management Council in February, during the organization’s annual conference.

Hussain says the TTXGP offers an opportunity for leading global innovators in racing and clean emission technologies to compete and prove to the world that being green does not mean being slow. The planned TTXGP will showcase a diverse range of vehicles capable of reaching race speeds. Racing teams are likely to be backed by international corporations, universities and high tech institutions, all eager to prove their credentials in clean emission transportation.

Closing date for TTXGP entries is March 31. Practice sessions on June 8 and 10 will precede the June 12 race day.

- Submitted by Guido Ebert