Connect with us

Other Series

Electric Bikes Break 120 MPH Benchmark at Isle of Man TT

All-electric TT Zero bikes break famous 120 mph barrier at Isle of Man TT…

Photo: Dunlop

Electric motorcycles broke the famous 120 mph average speed benchmark for the first time in Wednesday’s TT Zero race.

Michael Rutter won the ninth running of the TT Zero, the Isle of Man TT race reserved for bikes powered without the use of carbon-based fuels.

The race is held over one lap of the 37.7-mile Snaefell Mountain Course during the Isle of Man TT week, and has been part of the event since 2010.

Rutter’s lap time of 18:34.956 was enough to give him the race win and set an average speed of 121.824 mph, pushing electric bikes over the landmark 120 mph barrier for the first time.

Last year’s race was won by Bruce Anstey at 117.710 mph, with speeds increasing every year since the inaugural 2010 running which was won with a 96.820 mph lap.

In comparison, the Superbike TT lap record was set at 134.432 mph by Dean Harrison in Saturday’s six-lap race.

The TT Zero race was started by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.


Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake



  1. Mr Derek Tootill

    June 8, 2018 at 6:55 am

    For further comparison:
    Lightweight TT Lap Record – 122.750mph;
    Sidecar Lap Record – 119.250mph.
    For Info (history not news):
    The first electric race bike race took place in 2009 as TTX GP. It was tsupposed to be the start of bigger things including a European series and an Electric car race (Formulec) in Paris in 2010. Whatever happened to that?
    Micheal Ruuter broke John McGuiness’s lap record, set in 2015.
    In 20016 Bruce Ansty “eased off” having seen John McGuiness stop (he’d hit the kill switch going over a bump).
    In 2017 conditions were not conducive to lap records.

  2. Chris

    June 9, 2018 at 4:10 am

    The other manufacturers need to step up like Mugen (Honda) have. It’s way overdue.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

More in Other Series