The World's Leading Collegiate Electric Motorcycle Race Team
Designing, building, and racing electric motorcycles to develop electric vehicle technology, grow awareness of electric motorcycles, and educate members and the community about electric vehicle technology
Buckeye Current is an award-winning motorcycle racing team founded by two students with a big dream. Operating out of The Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research, the team pushes the limits of electric vehicles by designing and building motorcycles that have raced, and won, across the world.
The team is comprised of students from a variety of majors who volunteer their time to build the highest performing vehicle possible. Each year brings unique challenges, sleepless nights, and innovative solutions as the team strives toward excellence.
A ground-up vehicle design begins when the team transitions to a new competition. The demands of the particular course drive the requirements and design. Historically, a chassis, one known to perform well in racing or designed with a desired geometry, is sourced. After extensive simulation, powertrain components and battery cells are also sourced. Then, the experience and interests of our team and consideration of the support of our sponsors, leads us to decisions on what projects to pursue.
We test and characterize the components we purchase. To make custom components with our limited budget, we purchase raw material, tools, and sub-components. Rarely does the design or integration work perfectly right the first time, but it is work we love to do, and the learning it enables is invaluable. Piece by piece, the bike comes together. We are fortunate to have access to not only the wealth of tools and knowledge housed within the Student Projects Building, at the Center, and across the University, but also those of our alumni and sponsors.