Intel® Technology Story: Zero Carbon at 130 mph
The race to deliver zero emission, zero carbon vehicles is on. Mavizen uses power management systems based on the Intel® Atom™ processor to move motorcycles from the R&D lab to the road in record time.
The race to deliver zero emission, zero carbon vehicles is on. And the TTXGP motorcycle racing circuit (aka: eGrandPrix*) has laid out a record-breaking course for an event that may very well yield the world’s fastest timeline for developing new, sustainable technologies. Competing for the title of the “world’s fastest clean emission zero carbon team,” race-worthy motorcycles must have two wheels, be powered without the use of carbon-based fuels, and produce zero toxic or noxious emissions.
And that means propulsion via computing technology. “Think laptops on wheels,” says Azhar Hussain, founder of the eGrandPrix. “It’s not about the motorcycles, or cars or boats for that matter,” he says. “This is about doing some really great things with computing technology and power management. It’s like pushing R&D on steroids.”
Perhaps that’s why Hussain’s company, Mavizen, is developing its zero carbon vehicles around the Intel® Atom™ processor. To control what is basically an electronic motor and battery, the bike (or any eVehicle for that matter) needs a highly reliable power management system. That’s where Intel comes in. “Intel gives us incredible depth of capability and performance,” says Hussain. “And we can test our designs even faster with Intel because the accessories and drivers are already there. Speed of development is a huge benefit for us.”
We’re not just talking about race speed, although at 130 mph, the Mavizen TTX02* is the fastest production bike available today. The race circuit is the proving ground for the development of new eVehicle technology. “It’s a bridge, of sorts, to move us from the laboratory to the road,” explains Hussain. And a very fast bridge it is. In the short period since the TTXGP was first announced in 2008, Mavizen has shipped three road-worthy, Intel architecture-based zero carbon, zero emission motorcycles to customers in California, Sweden, and the UK. One of the teams is the run for the British Army’s The Queen's Royal Hussars, the cavalry of the force.
Mavizen’s race-driven, zero carbon R&D lab is a breath of fresh air in what has become a very stale and slow-moving eVehicle development cycle. Hussain is using versatile Intel technology and the exciting world of motorsport to help our world become greener. Now that’s what we call a winner.