For the past six years, the Ohio State Buckeye Current team of students have taken on the challenge of building an electric motorcycle and competing with it at national and even international events. For 2016, the big news from Buckeye Current is that the team has been accepted to compete at the 100th anniversary of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Buckeye Current is a student-led project team that designs and builds electric road-racing motorcycles from the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University. Though the team is rather young (both in terms of student age and overall age of the program), they’ve already compiled an impressive list of accomplishments. These include claiming an East Coast Timing Association land speed record in 2012, finishing in third place at the Isle of Man TT Zero race in both 2013 and 2014, and earning a second place finish in the Electric Modified Motorcycle class at Pikes Peak last year.
This year, the team has set its goals even higher; it wants to break 9:58 – the overall motorcycle course record for motorcycles. To do this, the team have upgraded its RW-3 racer’s cooling system, given it completely custom geometry based on computer aided design and analysis, fully redesigned the battery pack, and thoroughly overhauled the electronic management system.
Riding the motorcycle will be veteran rider Rob “The Bullet” Barber, an eight-year veteran of the Isle of Man TT with three podium finishes to his name.
To learn more about the team, visit the Buckeye Current website.