Ex Kingston student Adam Palfeman on his way to 2nd place at Brands Hatch TTXGP
Trackside footage from Anglesey
On board footage from Snetterton
Trackside footage from Snetterton
Trackside footage from Pembery
Kingston's bikes star in Britain in motion programme
TT Zero summary
15 teams entered the TT Zero 2010 and only 10 made it to the race day. We did not manage to fit in enough testing before the TT and the bike had some thermal management problems during the race and sadly only managed 5th place overall. However, for a team on a small budget we can walk away proud of what we have achieved and will come back stronger next time.
Circuit racing summary
We also entered the bike into 4 rounds of the National Circuit racing series for electric motorbikes. This would allow us to develop the bike throughout the season and make up for the lack of testing out TT results suffered from.
This was Adam Palferma's first time out on the bike (an ex Kingston University student, who used to race our SV 650 in the Mini Twins series, when we raced internal combustion engined bikes). The straight line performance was good, but we were having problems with the turn in response time. We only managed to come 5th, but had some good data to build on for next time.
We had made a few changes and the bike was more competitive, closing the gap to the front runners, but we were not able to improve on 5th place. The bike was still suffering from thermal management issues, so we needed to come up with a better solution if we were going to challenge for the front.
We took a major upgrade package to Anglesey last weekend and the bike ran really well in testing and qualifying and all was looking good for a podium finish on Sunday.
On race day we managed to secure 4th place.
We were very disappointed with the organisers, who reduced the race distance by 2 laps (from 16 to 14 laps), 20 minutes before the race was due to start. This was done as one or more of the teams on the front 2 rows of the grid were concerned that their bike would not make the original specified race distance. We had no time to change the setup on our bike and were unfairly penalised as a consequence, which meant that although the bike put in a very respectable performance, we potentially missed out on a podium position.
It was the last round of the UK Electric Motorbike series at Brands Hatch yesterday. The team had been working hard on finding a 10% increase in performance to match the pace of the front runners. We managed to qualify 3rd and were very upbeat for the race.
Our performance on race day was fantastic and we finished 2nd, finally splitting the top runners and only 17 seconds behind the winner. We have made consistent progress throughout and it was great to have the bike on the podium at the end of the season.
And without any time to rest on our Laurels, we are already starting development work on next year's bike!
A huge thank you to all our sponsors without whom this success would not have been possible.
Technical Specifications for 2010 bike
Drivetrain - AC induction motor
Power source - Lithium ion batteries
Speed (max) - 120mph
Mass - 230kg
Peter Williams carbon fibre monocoque chassis
Power - 75kW