Alta Motor’s Redshift MXR electric motorcycle enters one of the toughest off-road races on the planet, the Erzberg Rodeo
The Alta Motors Redshift MXR becomes the first electric motorcycle in history to enter one of the toughest enduro races in the world, the terrifying Erzberg Rodeo. The bike that will enter this insane race is almost stock, as Alta Motors believe they already have what it takes not only to reach the finish, but do so in style.
Two riders will hop onto the Redshift MXR, Ty Tremaine and Lyndon Poskitt, trying their best against the Erzberg legends riding internal combustion machines. The MXR only got a revamped suspension to match the hardships of the Iron Mountain, and some extra pull straps.
Alta co-founder Marc Fenigstein believes that the Redshift MXR has at least two major strong points that give it a serious advantage over the ICE competition. First of all, it’s the instant torque electric motors provide straight from 0 rpm, offering better control in any scenario and powerful acceleration when needed.
Electric propulsion also meant that riders no longer have to work with the clutch, keep an eye on the optimal engine rev range, or shift gears. There’s no more stalling and only a tiny amount of engine noise that allows riders to actually hear when their rear tire grips or slips.
The Redshift MXR is powered by a 14,000 rpm motor that weighs only 6.8 kg (15 lb) and has a 3.5:1 reduction ratio. It can deliver 50 hp and a whopping 199 Nm of torque that’s available right off the bat. Most likely, the Redshift MXR will be equipped with WP AER suspensions tuned specifically for the tough job that lies ahead.
In the front, the Alta Redshift MXR has a Brembo two-pot caliper, 260mm rotor, complemented by a 220mm single disc squeezed by a single-piston Brembo caliper in the back. The weight of the bike is around 117 kg (259 lb), and this means serious business against the hardships of Erzberg, both during almost vertical climbs or when navigating the boulder-laden, impassable Carl’s Diner.
With only 25 out of 500 riders finishing the race last year, it’s going to be thrilling to see how the Alta Motors Redshift MXR will stack against the unforgiving Austrian competition. The Erzberg Rodeo takes place May 31st – June 3rd and you can get a glimpse of what’s to come in the video below.