Jul 25, 2012
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Barracuda Networks and Lightning Motorcycles Join Forces to Race the World's First Solar-Powered SuperBike
Partnership Brings Speed, Innovation and Technology with Zero Carbon Footprint
Campbell, Calif. -- Barracuda Networks Inc. today announced a partnership with Lightning Motorcycles that would power the nine-lap FIM E-Power & TTX Championships race at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix with electricity harnessed from the sun, making this the first motorcycle to complete the MotoGP race with a zero carbon footprint.
Through this partnership, Barracuda Networks has provided a mobile solar charging unit that will fuel the lithium ion battery pack onboard the Lightning SuperBike. The 20kwh solar charging unit will provide enough electricity to power the SuperBike's 100-mile range, effectively making the SuperBike 100 percent pollution free for the race.
"We are excited to partner with Lightning Motorcycles on this historic event," said Michael Perone, co-founder and chief marketing officer at Barracuda Networks. "At Barracuda Networks, we thrive on innovative technology, speed and competition, and the MotoGP is the perfect venue to debut our partnership and bike."
The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP World Championship will be held on July 27-29 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. MotoGP is the premier motorcycle racing world championship; an 18-race series visiting 14 countries, four continents and with pan-global television coverage. Hundreds of journalists, photographers and broadcasters travel from around the world to gather alongside the more than 100,000 fans who flock to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to cheer on their favorite rider. Additional details and tickets are available at http://www.mazdaraceway.com/red-bull-us-grand-prix.
About Lightning Motorcycles
Lightning Motorcycles was founded by Richard Hatfield in San Carlos, Calif. in 1999. By 2009, the company had created the Fastest Super Bike in the world and set the land speed record in 2010 at 215.960 mph. The team broke its own record in 2011 with a top speed of 218.637. Since then, Lightning Motorcycles has established its dominance competing and winning in multipleinternationally recognized superbike races. The company's mission is to develop the most innovative competition race bike and use that technology to produce and distribute affordable two wheelelectric vehicles to commuter markets worldwide.
About Barracuda Networks Inc.
Barracuda Networks combines premises-based gateways and software, virtual appliances, cloud services, and sophisticated remote support to deliver comprehensive content and network security, data protection and application delivery solutions. The company's expansive product portfolio includes offerings for protection against email and Web threats as well as products that improve application delivery and network access, message archiving, backup and data protection. Coca-Cola, FedEx, Harvard University, IBM, L'Oreal, and Europcar are among the more than 150,000 organizations protecting their IT infrastructures with Barracuda Networks' range ofaffordable, easy-to-deploy and manage solutions. Barracuda Networks is privately held with its International Headquarters in Campbell, Calif. For more information, please visit www.barracudanetworks.com.
For more information, to reserve camping, rent a hospitality suite or purchase tickets for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP World Championship, call 800-327-7322 or visit www.MazdaRaceway.com.
More, from a press release issued by Muench Racing Team:
E-motorcycle championship and FIM MotoGP go stateside
MUENCH Racing brings Himmelmann and Poensgen
In line with the MotoGP the third FIM e-Power Championship race will take place in Laguna Seca (USA) on July 29th, 2012. At the world famous racetrack the currently leading championship team MUENCH Racing Team will compete with the championship head of individual rankings Katja Poensgen and last year's champion Matthias Himmelmann.
The Mazda Raceway, which is situated in California, is a very difficult course and demands a lot from whoever dares to race it. The 3.061m long racetrack offers seven left and four right turns that are all approached with an immense speed. Furthermore, the track is most famous for the "žcorkscrew" the mother of all turns. The corkscrew is situated behind a hill and cannot be seen much in advance. After a long straight the drivers have to decelerate in order to not miss the steeply sloping and tricky right to left chicane. However, that's not all there is. A dangerous ramp, which is situated right in the middle of the track, makes it even more difficult for the drivers to find their ideal line. The track hosts MotoGP races since 2005 again.
For this upcoming race one can be anxious about how fast the e-bike lap times will be compared to the real combustors and how close they already got.
The MUENCH Racing Team currently heads the FIM overall rankings. The individual rankings show a similar picture. MUENCH pilot Katja Poensgen (45 points) leads the field ahead of Christian Amendt (36 points) and teammate Matthias Himmelmann (25 points). After this weekend's race in Laguna Seca there will be only two more FIM races the teams can participate in: Oschersleben on August 12th and Le Mans on September 9th. Hence, this weeks rankings could already determine the Championship's outcome.
Friday: 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Open Practice
Saturday: 5:10 pm - 5:40 pm Qualifying
Sunday: 10:25 am Final Race (9 Laps)
For more information please visit www.muenchmotorbikes.com