Mention the name MÜNCH and you'll likely remember the Mammut, either one of the originals or the more recent reincarnation, the MÜNCH Mammut 2000. So, it was interesting today, when the press release arrived for the all new MÜNCH TTE 2 production electric racer.
These production racers will make it possible for more teams to compete effectively in the electric series and Munch hopes the competition will advance technological progress in sustainable power.
MÜNCH has already been participating quite successfully in electric racing, winning the 2011 FIM International Championship as well as the TTX GP World Championship. I will readily admit, I've not followed either racing series very closely and I found it fascinating that Munch was so deeply involved. Their website has the following quote:
Renouncing the use of combustion engines allows us to take part already today emission free in world wide e-bike race series. We trust in the inexhaustible power of electricity.
Not only have they renounced the internal combustion engine for racing, according to the company, there is a street e-bike currently being planned.
Munch joins with many companies moving in this direction, committed to an electric future that some of us are not yet fully convinced will happen as quickly as they envision. Seeing the anemic sales of electric cars and the slow deployment of electric motorcycles, could be either, the necessary early stages of the e-revolution to come or an indication the demand and technology are not there and may not be for a very long time. Who is right? It will be some time before we know for sure.
Münch press release:
From 2012, privateer teams all over the world can race a Münch, no less than the 2012 version developed from the successful e-bike Münch TTE 2 that carried factory rider Matthias Himmelmann to win the 2011 FIM International Championship as well as the TTX GP World Championship. For the 2012 the championship-winning team will not only build a heavily revised and improved version of the 2011 MÜNCH TTE 2 but also – as the first e-bike manufacturer in the racing world – a limited series of 9 production racers.
“In the meantime we have reached and enthused so many people on the racetracks that we will build a strictly limited series of production racers to serve a world wide market.” says Thomas Schuricht, head of MÜNCH technical development. Schuricht is the team´s technical mastermind, who right from the start has developed the Münch TTE 2 without compromise for its racing purpose. By consequent use of lightweight technology he achieved the bike to weigh in at only little over 210 kgs - race ready, including Lithium based battery pack for the three-phase electric engine boasting 80 kW in power, maximal torque of 470 Nm on the back axle available over the entire race distance.
Every single production racer will built as identical as possible to the revised factory racer by engineers and technicians in more than 600 hours - and that does even not include adaption and tuning the bike to the individual rider´s needs. For the 2012 season, the hand built production racers will be leased to innovative teams and riders to allow them to compete on the highest international level. Free choice of sponsors for both, teams and riders, allow them to cooperate with other companies striving to advance technological progress and close the loop of sustainable mobility.
Like in 2011, the races will be held on international circuits of high renown, such as Le Mans or Laguna Seca, cheered by big crowds and creating a high media interest. The TTXGP race weekends will be shown on TV and on the internet in the USA, Europe and Asia. Races for the FIM International championship will be partly held along with the MotoGP World Championship. Also a German round at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben is supposed to be held. The new season promises great action, when the established competition for the Münch team, so far coming from China, the USA and Italy will be joined by new teams using World Championship winning technology from Lohfelden.
Season-Rent: about 50000€