Buckeye Current Races On

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Buckeye Current, the student electric motorcycle team at The Ohio State University, recently competed in the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Despite the tremendous setbacks of the team’s rider, Rob Barber, having an unforeseeable accident on a practice run and the consequent major repairs to the bike, the team persevered to ensure that RW-3 made it to the summit of Pikes Peak. While the team did not break the overall motorcycle record as desired, its accomplishments in the attempt were remarkable.

Buckeye Current’s RW-3 finished second in its class and 16th overall out of 52 motorcycles with a time of 11:12.756. This feat is 46 seconds faster than the leading electric motorcycle of the 2014 Hill Climb. RW-3 also proved itself a strong competitor of gas-powered motorcycles with its blistering 121 mph clocked speed. The team is thrilled with these achievements after overcoming such massive hurdles, made more impressive by RW-3’s standing as the only student-designed motorcycle to race this year. Buckeye Current is very proud of its rookie performance and hopes to accomplish even more in the future.

The team would also like to express gratitude to our sponsors this year. Buckeye Current owes all of its achievements to the support of the entire team, its sponsors, and its fans. The team is especially thankful to Joe Prussiano, who stepped up to be the rider following Mr. Barber’s last-minute injury. Within a week of volunteering for the challenge of an unfamiliar vehicle, he arrived at Pike’s Peak and delivered a stellar performance. Mr. Prussiano’s determination and willingness to learn a new motorcycle was a sight to behold and Buckeye Current is incredibly fortunate to have him.

As the team looks forward, we thank everyone who supported us this past year. Please continue to keep up with Buckeye Current through social media and our website (listed below).

More About Buckeye Current
Buckeye Current is a student team at The Ohio State University based at the Center for Automotive Research. The team researches, designs, builds, and races electric motorcycles to not only create innovative electric vehicles, but to educate both students and the community about green technologies. The team’s first bike, RW-1, set the East Coast Timing Association record for electric motorcycles at 144.3 miles per hour. Buckeye Current’s second bike placed third in the Isle of Man TT Zero 2013, an international all-electric series, and their third bike placed third the following year to defend that podium finish. To read more about the team and to follow its progress please visit current.osu.edu and the team’s Facebook page (/BuckeyeCurrent).

Buckeye Current seeks funding partners to continue the innovative development and success of the team. In addition to supporting a student led endeavor, partnership with the team provides access to highly qualified students and public exposure on an international stage, all while contributing to the advancement of clean technologies.

Contact: Alex Miller | Buckeye Current Operations Manager | miller.6019@osu.edu