PIKES PEAK PROJECT
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is one of the world’s iconic races. Along with the Isle of Man TT, the Erzberg Rodeo and a handful of others, it has attained an almost mythical status among racers and fans of two- and four-wheeled motorsport.
Held in the Colorado Rockies, since 1916, the course is 12.42 miles (20km) and made up of 156 turns, with a finish line at 14,115ft (4302m), that’s only 500m less than the summit of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe. It’s a time trial, each rider tackling the extremely treacherous course alone, trying to get close to Carlin Dunne’s motorcycle course record of 9:52:819, set on a Ducati Multistrada 1200S. To get anywhere close to that virtually every turn is attacked with a knee on the tarmac. The consequences of even a small mistake are catastrophic.
Pikes Peak is also one of the very few motorcycle races that allows true prototype machinery to compete. That’s what attracted Spanish company Bottpower. They design and build incredible looking street bikes, using Buell V-twin engines mounted in their own large diameter, single tube frames, and sell kits for home builders to create their own.
We have created a limited edition range of BOTTPOWER branded products, with the income from all sales going directly to the team to finance this major assault on the mountain.
There are only 50 of each product being made and are available exclusively from this website.
Headed by Moto2 electronics and telemetry engineer, David Sanchez, the Valencia-based company has secured a pair of rare XBRR factory race engines and is currently 3D modeling parts to mate the fuel-injected motors with their distinctive chassis. They have also signed Pikes Peak regular and class winner Travis Newbold to pilot their racer. Newbold, a motorcycle shop owner from nearby Denver, narrowly missed winning the Pike Peak motorcycle class in 2015, when the Erik Buell Racing V-twin-powered Ronin he was racing was just pipped by the HRC-supported American Honda Fireblade.
NEWS UPDATE MARCH 6TH
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is an event in which you can race only by invitation. The total amount of vehicles (cars plus motorbikes) that race in the PPIHC has been limited to around 100.
The registration entry deadline was January 27, 2017. After this date, the PPIHC Race Committee selected the teams that were invited to race, and on February 17 they notified the competitors if they were invited to participate in the race.
Although we didn’t have any specific reason to think that we were not going to be accepted, it is true that the 17th of February we breathed a sigh of relief when we received an email from the organization confirming that we were in. On February 20, they published the official list of competitors invited to participate in the race.
We are really happy of having Travis Newbold as rider for Pikes Peak. With his experience and speed on this race, we think that he is 100% capable of riding as fast as any other rider. The key-point is to see if we will be able to give him a good bike for the mountain. Taking into account that we have no experience there, and no experience (by the moment) with the XBRR engine, it is clear that this is not going to be an easy task for us.
Another great point of having Travis with us, is that he lives in Arvada, Denver, where he runs “Newbold’s Motorbike Shop”, a motorbike workshop which is at one hour by car from Pikes Peak. This will make everything much easier from a logistics point of view, because we will have a place where we can ship the bike from Spain, and also a workshop that we can use as our operational base if we need it.
Now let’s see how is everything going on regarding the design and construction of the BOTT XR1R that will race in Pikes Peak.
We had scanned the original XBRR engine intakes to modify them to allow our frame to run between them.
Once we had the new intake designed, we printed 2 units in plastic. These printed intakes are not functional, but they served us to check that everything was correct before milling the definitive ones.
Here we have our 3d printed prototype next to the original magnesium one:
Next image shows the design of the new intake. The most important thing has been to keep the injector in the same position it had in the original intake.
We also mounted the top part of our XR1 carbon fiber fueltank, just to check that the injection body and velocity stacks fit properly inside it. The Pikes Peak race bike will use only the lower tanks, with the top one acting as an airbox. Everything was OK and now we must design the lower part of the airbox and the intake conduits that will feed the airbox with fresh air.
We’ll keep our blog updated with the team’s progress in the build-up to the race that takes place on 25 June 2017.