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Electrifying the motor industry: Designs for new superbike unveiled

06 July 2020

As the government has announced proposals to ban the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035, the race to electrify the motor industry is on, and motorbikes aren’t to be overlooked.

Tom Weeden, on the electric superbike (Image: WMG, University of Warwick)

This has inspired 25 students from a range of departments including WMG, School of Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Law and Maths to work together to make Aurora, an electric superbike.

The superbike, Aurora, will be raced when appropriate after the coronavirus pandemic. However, the students have been working hard at home, and have finalised their designs for the bike.

Aurora will house a 17kWh oil-cooled battery, a powertrain capable of delivering 150kW (200hp) and 400Nm of torque at an estimated top speed of 160 mph for racing driver Tom Weeden to take advantage of. Along with a carbon fibre subframe, Aurora has a uniquely positioned radiator to maximise the cooling to the powertrain components and weighs 260kg.

Aman Surana, a School of Engineering student at the University of Warwick is managing the Warwick Moto team, he comments:

“We have tried our best to design a bike that is performance-oriented but is also a learning platform for us as students. With the TT cancellation and our racing and testing plans impacted with COVID-19, our focus has been to make strategic decisions that align with our long-term objectives and ensures future teams have something to work with.

“It’s been one of our goals to design a vehicle around a rider rather than converting a vehicle to suit a rider. Tom Weeden, our rider, has been involved throughout this design process where we have sought his opinions and view on various characteristics of the bike and tried to implement them where possible. We cannot wait to get back in the workshop, action on our designs and go testing with Tom later this year!”

The team’s long-term objective is to compete with a podium qualifying time at the Isle of Man TT 2022, to make this a reality the team are looking for more supporters to make their first electric bike, you can sponsor them or donate to them here.

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Video created by fourth-year Physics student Rishi Bhugobaun. 

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