The Triumph TE-1 electric motorcycle arrives with 670 hp!

The highly anticipated Triumph TE-1 electric motorcycle prototype, developed by Williams Advanced Engineering, was finally unveiled earlier today, with the completed demonstrator now fully ready for live testing and final styling from the motorcycle team. triumph.

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) is perhaps best known as the electric-focused skunkworks of the famed Formula 1 racing team of the same name. This collaboration, between Triumph Motorcycles and WAE, has been set up to create “groundbreaking developments in specialist electric motorcycle engineering” and capitalize on lessons williams learned in the development of the advanced Li-ion batteries used in the all-electric Formula E racing series. These have led to the development of the all-new “Next Generation Lightweight Battery” and electric powertrain found in the TE -1, which Williams says “raises the bar for e-bike performance, efficiency and range.”

This powertrain was the product of a collaboration with a company called Integral Powertrain. It features a revolutionary inverter concept, which is also scalable by adjusting the number of silicon carbide power stages for motors of different diameters, which is capable of over 500kW (670hp!) on the Triumph TE -1 – despite being a battery – limited to a much healthier 130kW peak power and 80kW continuous power. “This gives us the opportunity to optimize this platform for production,” reads WAE’s press release.

For their part, the folks at Williams seem equally excited to be part of such a visible project. “After a long period of testing, we are excited to finally see the results of our work on a physical bike. Working with the Triumph team, we have continued to push the boundaries of battery technology, with the rider in mind at all times,” said Dyrr Ardash, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Williams Advanced Engineering. “We designed the battery from the ground up, the design was not compromised and we were able to push the boundaries of current technology, delivering both performance and, importantly, battery life. “

Electric triumph: who did what?

Image courtesy of Williams Advanced Engineering, Triumph.

A project like this, of course, never involves just one or two groups of people involved, and the TE-1 is no different. As well as Triumph and WAE, Integral Powertrain was also involved, along with researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK, who helped with computer-aided design and simulation testing. As a breakdown of who did what, this was provided in an earlier Triumph press release:

  • Triumph: final chassis including frame, rear subframe, cockpit, panels and wheels, final drive system including Gates Carbon transmission and belt drive, electronics, Öhlins USD cartridge forks, Öhlins RSU one-off prototype, Brembo M50 monoblock calipers and Triumph motorcycle control software
  • Williams Advanced Engineering: final iteration of the WAE battery prototype incorporating dedicated cell packaging for optimal center of gravity, vehicle control unit, DC-DC converter, integrated cooling, charging port and styled carbon covers
  • Integral powertrain: final prototype powertrain – capable of producing up to 500 kW (approx. 670 hp) of maximum power! – with scalable integrated inverter and combined motor with silicon carbide switching technology and integrated cooling
  • WMG, University of Warwick: final pre-live test simulation completed, with all results indicating that the project is on track to deliver the expected performance and durability results

“It was really exciting to see the progress being made during Phase 3 of the Triumph TE-1 project with the final prototype of the bike now moving on to real world testing. Everyone involved at Triumph is proud to have is part of this innovative UK collaboration. Personally, I am delighted with the results we have already achieved with our partners and the exciting glimpse into the potential electric future to come,” said Nick Bloor, CEO of Triumph. We look forward to continuing the ambitious and innovative work on the TE-1 demonstrator prototype through the live testing phase and sharing the result with Triumph fans around the world.”

Electric Triumph TE-1

Slender; image courtesy of Triumph.

Meanwhile, Triumph has created an electric motorcycle that looks, well, like a motorcycle. Not only that, but a beautiful, tight and aggressive street fighting bike. Pull it alongside a Speed ​​Triple or Tiger at your local bike party, and it won’t draw unwanted attention from the “loud pipes save lives” crowd. In fact, if you were to criticize the styling of the TE-1, it might not look electric. enough to differentiate the look of the bike from the ICE pack.

Electric Triumph TE-1

Image courtesy of Triumph.

The next phase of development of the electric Triumph TE-1 will focus on live testing, and they will be looking for results that exceed the current benchmarks and targets set by the UK Automotive Council for 2025, of course, but will also provide a platform -shape with excellent potential for the development of future high performance Triumph motorcycles.

spring | Pictures: Williams Advanced Engineering.


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