Saroléa unveil Johnston's TT Zero contender

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Saroléa has lifted the covers off the electric race bike Lee Johnston will campaign in this year’s TT Zero.

The bike, named the SP7, gets a number of modifications for 2016, including enhanced aerodynamics, a modified motor and full Ohlins suspension, as the Belgian firm looks to up their game in this year’s electric TT.

Expanding to a two rider effort, Bradford’s Dean Harrison will line up alongside Johnston in the set-up as they look to topple dominant class leaders Mugen.

Sarolea made their debut at the Isle of Man in 2014, missing the podium by just 0.4 seconds with a fastest lap of 93.503mph before a huge step forward saw them record a 106.510mph average speed last year.

The is formed around a carbon monocoque frame, housing a brushless DC triphased electric motor claimed to be capable of somewhere near 200mph.

With a top speed of almost 200mph, Saroléa are hoping the SP7 can better the existing TT Zero record of 119.27mph currently held by John McGuinness.

The livery pictured is that of Lee Johnston, with Harrison’s separate livery set to be revealed in due course. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing