THE University of Nottingham has confirmed a two-pronged electric bike assault on the 2017 Southern 100 International Road Races.
After a podium performance with rider Daley Mathison in the Isle of Man TT Zero race last year, the multi-time MotoE European Championship-winning team brings their zero-emissions race bikes to the Billown Course to take on the petrol-powered Lightweight 125cc and 400cc machines.
Partnering reigning MotoE Champion Mathison on a second bike will be the series’ second runner-up from 2015 Chris Foster, himself no stranger to the Billown Course.
In addition to their own personnel, the University squad have joined forces with Castletown-based Darvill Racing this year in a bid to increase their chances of success, bringing with them over 60 years of Southern 100 racing experience.
“Our main goal is to push the limits of the available technology, and in doing so also teach our students what they can do with their degrees,” said Notts team lead Dr. Gimeno-Fabra.
“Far from just being another University project we are a racing team, and competing at the highest level is what we want to do. Being able to race at the Southern 100 which is such an iconic road race is fantastic, there is nothing like road racing to test the capabilities of any machine.”
“We are delighted to be able to partner with Darvill Racing for this event. Their technical knowledge and experience is outstanding, but they also fit with our team values and work ethics.”
Established in 1957, Darvill Racing have ticked the boxes of double world endurance champions with many podiums over the decades to boot.
In 2014, they made history by being the first team granted permission to enter electric motorcycles to compete with petrol-powered machines on a mass-start road race.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with the UoN Team bringing their well-prepared machines to the Southern 100,” said Team Principal Alex Aitchison. “I can’t thank the Southern 100 Committee enough for their continued support and progressive approach.”
*Image: UoN Racing Team