£®By Chuck Squatriglia
£®October 13, 2010
£®Categories: EVs and Hybrids, Motorcycles
Chinese motorcycle manufacturer Zongshen is joining the TTXGP as the electric motorcycle grand prix series'first factory team.
You've probably never heard of Zongshen, but it's huge in China. The Zongshen Group, which has 52 subsidiaries and 18,000 employees, builds everything from generators to motorcycles. It has partnerships with Harley-Davidson and Piaggio and claims to build more than 1 million motorcycles annually.
Its involvement in the TTXGP marks the first time a major manufacturer has joined the field. The series, which wraps up its first full season with a championship race Oct. 24 in Albacete, Spain, so far has been comprised of startups and passionate amateurs. China's making a big push for EVs and it's a huge market for motorcycles, so the TTXGP could get a lot of exposure out of this.
Zongshen, founded in 1982, launched the China Zongshen Motorcycle Racing Team 11 years ago and was the first Chinese team to compete in MotoGP. It also has competed in the Asian Nations Cup and China Superbike Series. Now it's joining the TTXGP for the 2011 season in a bid to develop battery-electric technology and "rovide clean, convenient and safe transportation tools for human beings and improve their life quality."
"we see racing as critical to improving our technology and demonstrating our products,"team manager Daniel Chung said in a statement. "we join TTXGP to push this philosophy forward into the next generation of motorsport?Racing in TTXGP is the best step forward for our team to build a world championship winning technology for the future."
Factory rider Chi-Fung Ho, who has been riding for Zongshen since 2002, will pilot the team's entry in the TTXGP.
Photo: Ngchikit / Wikimedia Commons. The Zhongshen Motorcycle Racing Team in the pits.
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