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Isle of Man TT Draws Closer

Buckeye Current's RW-2 will carry #10 plates as we compete against three London-based universities and multiple commercial teams, including Motoczysz with their to-be-unveiled 013 e1pc.

University outfit Kingston, which has competed in every event since the electric bike inception in 2009 and won the University prize in 2011 as well as finishing on the podium that year, will again campaign their 'Ion Horse' machine. The university outfit went close to the 100mph time in last year's qualifying session but ultimately ran out of power just 800 metres short of the finish line. George Spence will again represent the University outfit.

A strong University entry also sees Brunel returning to the race in 2013 with Welsh rider Paul Owen. Other University outfits include 'Buckeye Current' from Ohio State University with 2009 Race winner Rob Barber and Imperial College who will be represented by Spain's Antonio Maeso.


Admin Leader Recognized for OSU Award

"I have had the opportunity to witness first-hand Julia's ability and commitment to the success of this team. Among her achievements, she has operated a complete restructuring of the team in Autumn 2011, making it more efficient, focused and better organized,” says Faculty Advisor Marcello Canova, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Buckeye Current Featured in The Lantern

The motorcycle the team is working on this year is an entirely new bike.

Some of the changes from the old motorcycle to the new one include a smaller motor, which leaves more space for batteries, a better battery pack, which will be more stable and allow for much quicker battery changes, a more streamlined shape and a different frame, Herrmann said.

“The design challenge for us was how to take a gasoline bike and a frame set up for that and make it competitive with electric,” Herrmann said.

Ohio State Buckeye Electric Motorcycle sets speed record

The Buckeye Electric Motorcycle Race Team set an East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) speed record for electric motorcycles, July 8, 2012. The record speed was 144.352mph at the East Coast Timing Association Ohio Mile Track located in Wilmington, Ohio. The team now holds the title of fastest collegiate electric motorcycle.

The record, an increase of over 30mph on the 112.349mph record in 2011, was primarily the result of upgrading the vehicle’s battery pack. The student-led team utilized FlightPower’s lithium cobalt oxide batteries loaned to them by Lawless Industries, completely designing, building, and testing the battery pack with the goal of achieving maximum high speeds. The record was completed in the Modified Electric A3 class by crossing the finish line of the one mile straight track at top speed. Jennifer Holt, a professionally trained motorcycle driver and Ohio State graduate student, steered the team to victory once again as she did for the 2011 record.

Asst. Prof. Marcello Canova, faculty advisor, “The latest ECTA speed record is a fantastic achievement for the team, and an important learning experience for the design of the new electric race motorcycle. Most of all, it shows the skills, ingenuity, and resilience of this student group, able to build an electric bike from ground up in less than two years and achieve two speed records.”

Next goals for the team include building a new motorcycle— the second in its series of race vehicles— surpassing the 150mph mark (as only few professional teams have done so far), and competing in the famous Isle of Man race competition. The students are midway through the design process of the new vehicle, improving on what they have learned during the past two years. “As the team begins its second electric motorcycle design and build, members now have a much clearer idea of the end goal and the hurdles that they will have to face right up until the starting gun fires,” Kyle Ginaven, co-team leader/technical team lead.

The Buckeye Electric Motorcycle also holds the title of being the first electric vehicle to compete at the ECTA Ohio Mile Track.

Kyle Ginaven, Co-team Leader/Technical Team Lead,
Holly Henley, Communications & Outreach, Ohio State Center for Automotive Research,, 614-292-4217
Marcello Canova, faculty advisor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor,, 614-247-2336

About Buckeye Electric Motorcycle Race Team
The Buckeye Electric Motorcycle Race Team is a student-led team at The Ohio State University based out of the Center for Automotive Research. Launched in 2010, the team’s vision is to enhance the development of clean, electric powered motorcycle technology. Members aim to acquire skills in electric transportation conversion, energy storage systems, advanced traction system, system integration, and business and communications. The team designs, builds, and races a series of electric motorcycles. Currently it is designing its second vehicle.

About East Coast Timing Association and Ohio Mile Track
The East Coast Timing Association LLC (ECTA) is the principal sanctioning organization for Land Speed Racing in the Eastern United States. Four times a year, scores of two- and four-wheel racers gather at the Airborne Airpark in Wilmington, Ohio, to speed down the Ohio Mile race track competing for top speed records in various classes. Vehicles range from production cars and bikes (basically off the showroom floor) to exotic, purpose-built racers.


This article was originally posted by the Center for Automotive Research.

Wilmington, Day 2

Today was another good day.  We found out that we were hitting a software parameter that was limiting battery current on the 131mph run. This morning we changed that and were able to hit 144.5mph and increase our record.  After looking at the data from this run it appeared that there wasn't much more we could get out of the machine except with a gearing change or major change.  We did decide to do another run to get more data.  During that run the controller hit another current limit in the controller and the bike coasted without power the final 1/2 mile and we only got 70mph.  Nothing in the data showed why the limit was hit...more digging and questions will be asked to figure this one out. We decided to call it a weekend and take our 144.5mph home with us. 

We may attend the Sept ECTA with a slight gearing change to try to get past that 150mph mark and do what only about ~4 other (professional) electric motorcycles teams have done.  But we need to figure out if the batteries are still available to us and if we have the time to commit while still moving forward with our next build. 

Thanks for the support and help this weekend.