Ohio State’s electric motorcycle team qualifies at prestigious Isle of Man race, Moves on to finals June 5

Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State University College of Engineering’s Buckeye Current electric motorcycle team—along with UK native and world-renowned rider Rob “The Bullet” Barber—qualified to compete in the electric category on June 5 at the world-famous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races. Clocking in their qualifying race with a top speed of 91 mph, Buckeye Current is the only U.S. collegiate team to compete in the TT Zero (clean emissions) competition.

Ohio State students from multiple disciplines designed and built the electric motorcycle—the “RW-2”—at Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research. A feature aspect of the second-generation vehicle is an innovative student-created electronic management system governing the rechargeable battery packs that “fuel” the vehicle. A 10-student team serves as the engineer and pit crew for rider Barber.


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