Motor racing may be one of the least environmentally friendly sports but Buckinghamshire-based TTXGP is seeking to change that by creating the first zero-carbon motorcycle grand prix circuit.
The company ran its first electric motorcycle race last year on the Isle of Man, famous for its TT motorcycle races, with the backing of the island’s environment minister.
This year TTXGP, based in Gerrards Cross, is scheduled to run four North American races starting in California next month, four in the UK, four in Italy and an international final in Spain.
Azhar Hussain, the 37-year-old electronics entrepreneur who founded the business, hopes to establish TTXGP as the next generation of motorsports with clean emission racing.
The circuit has already attracted factory teams from battery manufacturers based in Asia and Mr Hussain says the races can be a showcase for the latest electronic technology in motorcycles that must top 100mph in the 25-mile races.
The business is still in the investment phase and the success of this year’s races will be critical to its future growth.
But Mr Hussain is now targeting India as a crucial part of his expansion strategy, believing that the combination of the country’s electronics expertise, the popularity of motorcycles and the lack of established motor sport in the country provides a strong commercial opportunity.
TTXGP, which also sells technology for electric motorcycles, is another company that is working with the Gateway Asia programme to help it break into the Indian market. Mr Hussain has already met industrial groups and government officials in India and is trying to establish races there in 2011.
He said: “As we move away from combustion engines to zero-carbon, the expertise moves east. India is a clear focus for us.”
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