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Virginia Tech Goes TTXGP With Home Built Electric Motorcycle

Going up against MotoCzysz, Brammo and Zero Motorcycles on the TTXGP is no small task. A team from the Virginia Tech College of Engineering will bring their home-built electric converted motorcycle to the North American TTXGP eGrandPrIx competition.

Technically Speaking. The 2009 Honda CBR600RR was converted to electricity and weighs in at 385 lbs. The bike, designed, built, and painted by students at the Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory will be raced by Matt Kent, an engineer at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and professional racer.

Several years were spent making the successful conversion of this motorcycle to electricity. Using various senior design teams, many of the parts were donated or sold. The AC permanent magnet electric motor was handmade and will be programmed by a controller donated by Kollmorgen’s Radford, Virginia. Sporting a 7.5 kW lithium polymer cell batteries, the pack was bought at a discount rate from Dow-Kokam. You get it, this is a shoestring budget race bike and its performance against companies with more experience will be more than interesting to watch.

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