Thursday, April 11, 2013

Amarok Racing Announces 2013 Pikes Peak Rider

Photo Courtesy of Amarok Racing

Photo Courtesy of Amarok Racing

If you're going to race, you may as well race with the best. Electric motorcycle company Amarok is entering Pikes Peak, the uber-challenging hill climb, for the first time. To help them get the best possible run up the hill, they've enlisted 6 time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion Greg Tracy.

The Canadian builder is running Agni motors, a controversial choice nowadays. This video discusses the development of the project. There's quite an interesting dialogue on the subject over at egrandprix.com where Agni's Cedric Lynch and Amarok's Michael Ulharik answer questions.

When I agreed to join the Hollywood Electrics team for the endurance race we did last weekend, Harlan (team owner and owner of Hollywood Electrics) tried to talk me into joining the rest of the team, all Pikes Peak veterans. It sure looks like fun, and definitely something to add to my 2014 dance card. There also promise to be some hot electric cars there as well, as reported here. If you're anywhere near Colorado on June 30th, don't miss this race.

Enjoy this little video of Greg Tracy in action:

Full press release from Amarok Racing follows:

For Immediate Release:

April 9, 2013 - Amarok Racing, the competition arm of motorcycle design specialist Amarok Consultants, is proud to announce that 6 Time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion, Greg Tracy, will be racing the Amarok P1A at this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Pikes Peak is the second oldest race in the United States behind the Indy 500. With 156 turns, no guardrails, sheer drop-offs and an elevation that increases more than 5,000 feet in 12.4 miles, to a finish of over 14,000 feet at the summit, Pikes Peak is challenging proving ground for the Amarok P1A.

"It is truly exciting to be racing with Amarok. After talking with Amarok co-founder Michael Uhlarik, I knew this was a team of innovators who have pushed the limit building an electric motorcycle that I believe can set a record at Pikes Peak. I have been honoured to race for the best factory team, for Ducati, and honestly I had planned that my next Pikes Peak pursuit would be in an enclosed vehicle." said Greg Tracy.

As one of the elite Team Hot Wheels drivers, Greg Tracy, captured a Guinness Book of World Record when he performed the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare at the 2012 X Games. Tracy is also one of the top stuntmen in Hollywood. Greg has been providing stunts for movies and commercials since 1991, in blockbuster movies such as: Act of Valor, The Avengers, GI Joe, Wanted, Talladega Nights, The Fast and Furious and in The Bourne Ultimatum for which Greg won the elite World Stunt Award. He has also won the Baja 1000, raced Formula 2000, Indy Cars and has gone over 210 mph on a motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats during several World Record Attempts. At last year's at Pikes Peak, Greg and his teammate were the first motorcyclists in history of race up the famous mountain in under ten minutes with the Ducati Multistrada.

"We are absolutely thrilled and very proud to have Greg ride for us." said Amarok co-founder and chief designer Michael Uhlarik. "As a small, family run operation, our main objective is to work with people we like and who share our values. Amarok is about making up for big, by leveraging craft. After talking with Greg I felt like we had a lot in common."

Tracy was connected to Amarok after the team's promotional film "Why Less is More" appeared in a write up in My Life at Speed, one of the largest motor sport culture websites.

"I have always been intrigued by the Makers Movement and how alternative energy will impact my life and ultimately, my children's lives. We need to be aware of the guys who are representatives of where our futures lie. Pikes Peak has always been about pushing the limit, showcasing new technologies with the best racers against the most extreme environment. When you combine all of our passion for the race, new technology with a couple of guys building one of the most interesting electric motorcycles in 140 year old barn...well, I knew I just wanted to be part of this program. " Said Greg Tracy.

Amarok and Tracy will be racing the P1A, an advanced electric motorcycle concept demonstrator developed over the past three years. The P1A boasts a hand crafted aluminum monocoque design that dramatically reduces weight and improves handling. "The 147kg (325lb) Amarok P1 concept is about making the best handling motorcycle on the planet. There are electric bikes with much more power, but we want to own the corners. The 156 turns of Pikes Peak represent to us the best opportunity to prove our core belief that in vehicle design, you can do more with less." Said Michael Uhlarik.

The ongoing story of Amarok and Greg Tracy will be followed up on MyLife at Speed, in Cycle Canada magazine and on Amarok Racing's Facebook page and Twitter account.

About Amarok

Amarok Consultants is a leading motorcycle industry consulting firm. Founder, award winning motorcycle designer Michael Uhlarik, has served major international OEMs including Yamaha, the Piaggio Group, Bombardier and numerous others to deliver bespoke design, product planning and R&D support. In 2010, Michael co-founded Amarok Racing with Kevin O'Neil, with the purpose of developing the paradigm shifting, all electric P1 experiment.

Amarok Racing is generously supported by major sponsors from many areas of motor sports, including industry leaders (listed below) and fans across Canada, the US and Europe.

AGNI Motors Dunlop Canada Pro 6 Cycle iamphoto+motion Delta-Q Carrozzeria USA AMP

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