University of Warwick develop electric superbike based on a Fireblade

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Students from the University of Warwick are building an electric superbike to race at events this summer with an eye on the TT Zero when the category returns in 2022.

The Warwick Moto team comprises 40 students from various departments including; Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), School of Engineering, Computer Science, Physics and Maths. The team is also supported by one of Asia’s biggest custom shops, Rajputana Custom Motorcycles and Mupo Race Suspension.

School of Engineering student, Aman Surana, who is managing the Warwick Moto team said: "The reason why I’m doing engineering is because of my interest in motorsports, be it four wheels or two. More than theory and the principles behind engineering concepts, it’s about the practical experience and finding real solutions rather than just what works on paper."

Tom Weeden with the University of Warwick electric superbike

To ride the bike in testing and races, the team have enlisted the help of experienced roads racer, Tom Weeden. "I’m over the moon to be signing to ride the Warwick Moto electric bike in 2020 and hopefully beyond," he said.

"The electric class is something I’ve been interested in and keen to be involved in for some time now. I’m looking forward to working with the students to develop a package that we can build for the future. Hopefully one day we can go to the TT and take it to the big budget teams.

"The passion these guys have is truly inspiring and I’m looking forward to learning more about how the technology works and adapting my riding to suit the different characteristics of the electric motor.

"I’ve ridden my brothers electric trials bike for the past few years and I know just how much torque and instant linear power these bikes can produce. The bike is based on the Honda Fireblade which has a brilliant handling chassis so should be an awesome platform to build from. Fingers crossed we can bring the budget that this team deserve to put together and develop the technology of the future!"

A prototype of the bike should be ready for testing by March before racing at events over the summer. The TT Zero has been shelved for the 2020-2021 seasons but, the team are looking for a podium at the 2022 event.

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Ben Clarke

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