Source: website Savic Motorcycles | The rush of pushing boundaries and exceeding expectations is alive and well at the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. So when the Savic Motorcycles team had the opportunity to try out their C-Series vehicles on this iconic track, they weren’t going to miss the chance.
As the sun rose over the Melbourne circuit, a dual purpose was in the air: to admire team accomplishments, and to test the electric motorcycle prototypes that symbolize the future of high-performance electric riding. At the center of it all was an assurance to confirm the intricate partnership between their vehicle’s innovative programming and its mechanical ability. Phillip Island’s challenging landscape provided a perfect platform for this high-speed, high-load testing – a significant step further than the slower city trials Savic Motorcycles has been concentrating on up until now.
The team wanted to evaluate the motorbikes’ abilities in a challenging setting, such as Phillip Island. They planned out high-intensity, rapid acceleration tests to see if the bikes could perform according to their design. It was necessary to check that not just the battery but every single part, from belt to bearings, could take the strain.
The issue of heat control was also examined closely. A powerful battery is useless if other components overheat or do not function properly. Additionally, the vehicle’s software had to demonstrate that it could achieve maximum performance without sacrificing safety and performance levels.
Although the bikes have already reached speeds of up to 170km/h, the team is confident they can achieve the goal of 180km/h. Adjustments to software and modifications to motor controllers mean they expect to exceed this in the near future.
The motorbikes were put to the test when the team looked at the production suspension, which had seen tremendous improvement since its early days. Savic’s skilled riders, including Jed Metcher who is highly knowledgeable about race suspensions, gave their input and used Phillip Island as a grounds to put the recent refinements to the test.
Dennis Savic, the CEO and founder of Savic Motorcycles, demonstrated the essence of the event when he said: “It’s about making things happen, breaking limits, then fixing and breaking them again.”
Test rider Marc Wilson was overwhelmed by the bike’s balance and quality during slower maneuvers. For Jed, the roaring noise from the engine at top speed was just like a jet plane at an airshow – indicating the motorcycle’s unique aural signature.
At the conclusion of the day, there was a resounding success. The two bikes were put to the test and they handled it with ease, displaying strength and steady power output even when pushed to their boundaries. For Dennis, almost achieving his desired speed was an achievement in itself, as well as seeing his team’s joy at the accomplishment, making it clear that Savic Motorcycles have caused a long-lasting effect on electric riding. What we experienced at Phillip Island is just a start. It’s not just about going further; it’s about getting the right balance between rider, vehicle, and terrain. As the sun set on a momentous day, one thing was certain: the dawn of electric motorcycles has come.
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