Electric Superbike Twente is a multidisciplinary initiative by students from the University of Twente and University of Applied Sciences Saxion whose aim is to develop an electric racing motorcycle. The first team started in 2017 and proved that they were able to build a safe electric racing motorcycle within one year. Each following year, a new team designed and build a new iteration of the bike. The team’s current vision is to preserve racing for future generations. We want to be pioneers in electric mobility by being at the frontier of technological innovation on the race track.
The most recent motorcycle developed by EST is the Vector-ST. This motorcycle was built with a Swappable battery system so we can extend the range of ur superbike. It is based on the foundations of the previous teams and includes many technical feats such as topology-optimised footpegs, custom-made PCBs, self-written software and a bespoke electromotor. The motor delivers 30% more power compared to MotoE while having a lower combined weight than the motorcycles used in the MotoE. Our goal for the upcoming year is: ‘Reshape electric motor racing’, as a way to get closer to our vision.
Another important focus point is safety. Over the past years, we have put a lot of effort in creating safety protocols and technical directives for electric racing. These documents have been created in association with other (international) teams which develop and race electric motorcycles. Together we paid special attention to standardisation and professionality to make electric racing more approachable. Additionally, we had meetings with marshalls, first responders and standardisation institutes to further improve the safety of electric racing.
The race track has always been a place for innovations that represent mobility on a global level. Since the rise of electric vehicles (EV), this is not the case anymore. The market share of EV's is growing exponentially, but the dominant racing groups are still mainly fossil fuel powered. Electric Superbike Twente wants to be a pioneer in electric mobility and elevate it further. Therefore we think a transition to electric racing is necessary to hold on to racing as a platform for technological innovation.