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Isle of Man TTZero 2019 Updates

Having narrowly missing out on the 100mph average lap last year, the team are keen to get to the island and get setup!

About Electric TT Zero Bike


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2019 will be Brunel University’s 11th year at the Isle of Man TT. Brunel have competed in every event since the first TTZero in 2009, an achievement held by no other team.

Brunel’s Electric TT Bike team aim to design, build and optimise a pure electric racing motorbike that is entered onto the Isle of Man TTZero event each summer. The Isle of Man TTZero is a competition event which provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their engineering capabilities on a 37.7 mile track. The Isle of Man runs a variety of events within the TT series which rigorously test the speed and agility of both combustion and electric driven motorbikes. The series has claimed many bikes around its course and provides a ruthless testing ground to showcase technology development.

Brunel’s Electric TT Bike team always aims to top the university leaderboard. This year’s hope is to reach a 100mph average lap. A lot of effort and time is required when developing an electric drivetrain, which is why students at Brunel are encouraged to design for optimum performance. A team of students usually run by department leaders work together to improve the bike over the course of the year.

For more details on the Isle of Man TT please click below:


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James Cowton


James Cowton made his Isle of Man racing debut during the 2012 Manx Grand Prix, winning the Newcomers Race. His first Isle of Man TT event was in 2014, where he achieved a career best, finishing third in the Lightweight race. James rode for Brunel Racing in four of the last five TTZero events including this year, where he finished in fourth place.

James Cowton tragically passed away on the 12th of July 2018 after an accident during the 600cc Challenge race at the Southern 100 road races.

James has been a huge part of Brunel Racings TTZero team, he was a delight to work with and was a very talented but humble man. Not many gave the time he afforded fans, the sport has lost a true ambassador and will not be the same without him.

All the staff and students at Brunel Racing would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of James Cowton. May he rest in peace.

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