CANADA’S FIRST ELECTRIC RACING BIKE EXCEEDS 100 MPH AT 2013 PIKES PEAK HILL CLIMB RACE, FALLS SHORT 1KM OF FINISH.


On the 31st of June, at 9:45, the Amarok P1A formed up on the starting line at the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in beautiful Colorado.  Aboard was Canadian superbike pro racer Michael Leon.  It had been a very tough and very rewarding week building up to this moment,  with a number of technical problems, ranging from silly things like cracked fairings to massive challenges like failed battery cells in the main power supply.  It took three sleepless nights, three complete battery system rebuilds and even some old fashioned Bondo and sandpaper time to get the P1A sorted, but one by one, with the help of everyone in the team, we eliminated each barrier.


So it was a bittersweet race day when, only three minutes in our run, the race was red-flagged due to another rider going down just ahead of us.  Michael had been confident and smooth, on pace for a time in the high 11-minute mark, but was forced to stop, return to the pits and re-start his race.  Having covered approximately 20% of race distance, the P1A's battery was depleted by about the same amount.  The re-start didn't allow for recharging, so we had to make a quick, but terrible decision :


...to go and risk 

not finishing, or 

not to go at all.

Michael rode conservatively in an effort to finish, as can be seen from footage from both on-board cameras.  (all video footage will be posted on our website soon) It is not hard to tell that the AGNI motors were not working all that hard, nor were the speeds too great.  The goal was now simply to make it to the summit.


At a place on the course known as Boulder Park, just 5 corners out of a total of 156 from the finish, the P1A coasted to a halt, batteries depleted.  Michael laid the Amarok on her side and climbed up to the summit house to watch the rest of the event.  


Although the final result was not what we hoped for, thanks to many, Amarok was able to place a Canadian designed and manufactured electric motorcycle, with lots of new technology on the starting grid of one of the most prestigious racing events in the world.  We learned a lot about the course, gathered lots of technical data and more than anything else, proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that our SAF monocoque frame technology is light, stiff and robust beyond our wildest expectations.  The Pikes Peak configuration of the P1A tipped the scales at a paltry 137 kgs (301 lbs).


I cannot say enough to thank all of the people who contributed time, knowledge and support to this event.  It was the highlight, by far, of the Amarok project over the past three years and it would not have been possible without your help and faith in us and the Amarok concept.


We will be back next year, stronger, better prepared, and lots faster.


With gratitude and humility,


Michael Uhlarik + Amarok Racing

HALIFAX, August 2013

"I didn't come all this way not to race.  I am not going home without trying."  Michael declared as we stood in the pits.  The tires were still hot, the race course was green lit, and I concurred.  It was time to race and see what happened.  

A LONG, TOUGH CLIMB.

Amarok rider, Canadian superbike pro Michael

Leon, near the summit during practice.

Amarok P1A, out of battery on the side at Boulder Park, gets passed by auto competitors.

Just minutes before the first race start.

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