RW-3The team's debut in the United States
Performing so well for two years straight at the Isle of Man had the team in incredibly high spirits, and we were excited to continue paving the way into the future of racing. However, after re-evaluating the Isle of Man competition and some of the logistical issues of transporting about 1000 battery cells through national borders on a limited budget, the team decided upon a new competition at which to showcase our prowess in 2015: the United States’s own Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
At 12.4 miles, 5,000 feet of elevation change, and 156 turns, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motorsport race in the U.S and a completely different beast than the Isle of Man. With a shorter course more focused on acceleration and handling, the team had to go back to the drawing board and design a completely new bike, designed solely with the intention of breaking the overall motorcycle lap record.
With Rob Barber returning as our rider and making his U.S. race debut, the team ran into an unfortunate bout of bad luck; during testing two weeks prior to the race, Rob and RW-3 high-sided during a cool-down lap after hitting black ice on the track. The team rebuilt the damaged bike and recruited a new rider, PPIHC veteran Joe Prussiano, to substitute for the injured Rob in the span of a week. For our Stateside professional debut at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Buckeye Current took 2nd place in the Electric Modified class with a time of 11:12.0, also giving us 16th place overall in a field of over 30 gas and electric motorcycles.
|Front Suspension||58 mm Marzocchi Forks|
|Rear Suspension||Öhlins TTX|
|Rear Subframe||Modified CBR1000RR Rear|
|Peak Power||200 kW|
|Continuous Power||75 kW|
|Peak Torque||500 Nm|
|Continuous Torque||250 Nm|
|Max Voltage||450 VDC|
|Max Current||300 ARMS|
|Peak Power||165 kW|
|Continuous Power||107 kW|
|Peak Pack Voltage||450 VDC|
|Peak Pack Current||300 ARMS|
|Pack Energy||8.8 kWh|
|Team-developed Battery Interface Module v2, MCN v2, and CAN Mirror v1 and Beaglebone Black with team-developed CANcorder software|
|Team-developed Magic CAN Node (MCN) v2 and drive control software|
|10”, 1024×600, daylight greyscale LCD and LED array controlled by Piccolo microcontroller using team-developed software|