Washington Superbike is a new student engineering organization at the University of Washington with the goal of becoming the first team from the United States to compete in the electric category of the international motorcycle racing and engineering MotoStudent Competition held every two years in Aragon, Spain.
Most of our team are engineering majors from the ME, AA, and ECE departments with the remaining roster being filled with other majors such as physics and business.
In 2009 the MEF decided to start a motorcycle engineering competition where engineering students from universities across the world could design, build, and race prototype racing motorcycles, and Motostudent was born. Motostudent is divided into two competition categories: petrol and electric. The bikes raced in the competition are similar in size and weight to a moto 3 bike generally weighing between 95 – 120 kg without rider. Top speeds generally achieved during the competition are just over 160 km per hour.
The competition scores the design of the vehicle as well as its race track performance. A large part of what we do is detailed design work, analysis, and documentation all in accordance with good engineering practices established by the competition. In addition the Motostudent competition requires us to design our motorcycle with the intention of being marketable and manufacturable making design decisions driven by more than performance alone. The final event of motostudent for the electric class is an exciting five lap wheel to wheel race around the Motorland Aragon track in Spain.
At Washington Superbike we plan to compete in the electric class of the competition and compete in the Motostudent VI final event held in the year 2020. We are currently involved in the ground up development of the prototype high performance electric motorcycle and are dedicated to becoming the first team from the United States to compete in this exciting competition.