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Parker and Brammo Partner Up to Form Team Parker Brammo
Parker Hannifin - Motion Systems Group Posted 05/14/2013
Parker will also help sponsor Brammo’s prototype-class bikes for the FIM eRoadRacing race season
Rohnert Park, CA — Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division, a leading supplier of motion control technology, is proud to announce that it will be sponsoring Brammo’s participation in the 2013 race season of the all-electric FIM eRoadRacing series. Team Parker Brammo will be racing in the eSuperStock class with the Brammo Empulse TTX motorcycle. AMA Pro Road Racer Shelina Moreda will be riding the Empulse TTX for Team Parker Brammo this season.
Parker is again a contributing sponsor for Brammo on the prototype-class bikes of the 2013 FIM eRoadRacing race season. With Parker motors in these machines, Brammo has won the national championship in 2011 and 2012 and won the world championship in 2012. This is the highest level of performance in the race series and Brammo will compete on two of their Empulse RR machines ridden by Steve Atlas, defending TTXGP world champion, and former AMA champion, Eric Bostrom.
In addition to the FIM eRoadRacing competition series, Brammo is also racing their electric motorcycles in the AFM racing series. This marks the first time in history that the AFM will have electric motorcycles racing against gasoline-powered motorcycles. The Empulse TTX has been homologated to race in the 250 Superbike, 450 Superbike and 500 Twin classes, while the Empulse RR will compete in the 750 Superbike and Formula 1 classes. The first round of races will be at Sonoma Raceway on May 5, 2013.
“It is exciting to be the primary sponsor for Brammo’s first-ever TTX race bikes. It is an incredible machine and it is going to be a huge year for electric motorcycle racing and for Team Parker Brammo,” said Jay Schultz, Industry Market Manager at Parker Hannifin.
Brammo’s Empulse TTX race bike is based on the Empulse R, Brammo’s primary production electric motorcycle, on which a Parker GVM motor powers the bike. The Empulse TTX motorcycle does have a few racing modifications, but for the most part, the performance is unchanged from the Empulse R that can be purchased at one of Brammo’s many dealers.
“Brammo’s electric vehicle technology was born on the race track, and Parker have been there developing and improving their motor alongside the team the whole way. It’s fitting that we’re now taking the Empulse production bike back to the track in the eSuperStock class with Parker as the title sponsor. We’re excited to have one of our partner suppliers get even more involved with the success of the EV industry by supporting racing as a way to further improve the technology,” said Brian Wismann, Director of Product Development for Brammo.
About Parker Hannifin
With annual sales exceeding $10 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 57,000 people in 43 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 50 consecutive years, ranking it among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index.
Brammo, Inc., is a leading electric vehicle technology company headquartered in North America. Brammo designs and develops electric vehicles including the award winning Enertia and Empulse motorcycles. Brammo is the current TTXGP eGrandPrix World Champion. Brammo is an OEM supplier of its innovative Brammo Digital Drivetrain systems including the Brammo Power battery pack and Brammo Power vehicle management system. Brammo has vehicle distribution and marketing operations in North America, Europe and Asia.