About this project
The goal of this Kickstarter is to fund the purchase of race quality batteries for our motorcycle, the Zephyr. Every dollar raised will purchase 1 Watt hour of energy and get us that much closer to becoming the first Canadian university team to bring an electric motorbike to a professional race track!
The racing batteries will be for the Zephyr, our 1st generation racing motorcycle. This full-fledged electric racing bike is expected to be capable of reaching speeds of up to 160km/h.
The Zephyr was once a gasoline racing bike, a 2004 Suzuki GSXR 600. After we removed all the gasoline bike parts, we were left with an open frame design that gave us a lot of flexibility. The lightweight aluminum construction is perfect for our needs.
We are a team from the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering that is dedicated to designing, building and racing an electric motorbike. We started with just a few members in the summer of 2011, and have grown to a team of over 40 active members from various faculties.
We are not just about racing. We provide all members with the opportunity for hands-on experience with access to welding, safety, computer aided design and electrical systems workshops.
"I love working on this project. It provides a unique environment that allows me to develop interdisciplinary skills."
Team Zeus is also a wonderful platform for members to take on responsibility and develop their leadership and management skills. Best of all, it is a wonderful place to meet new friends and work with a team of passionate people.
For our first project, we built a prototype electric bike as a proof of concept. The project was a wonderful learning experience that allowed us to build our knowledge base.
The aim of the Mule Project was to convert an existing gasoline motorcycle to electric using a budget of under $1000 and as little outside help as possible.
And we did! The mule runs beautifully, and can achieve a modest speed of 40km/h.
Then we decided we want to learn how to make our own electric motor. So we did some research, and built ourselves an axial flux permanent magnet brushless motor.
We were able to participate in some really cool events.
And we've met a lot of cool people
With great people and big dreams, I have no doubt we can make a better and more sustainable future through projects like Zeus.
Special thanks to team member Matt Hill for his amazing work on our intro video!
Risks and challenges
We are still in the process of constructing our motorcycle, so there are many challenges that may arise during the manufacturing process. We understand that while our design looks good on paper and we have received some satisfying preliminary testing results, there will be changes we need to make to the bike and setbacks we will need to overcome. There will also be a lot of fine tuning to do to achieve maximum efficiency.
We planned our schedule and budget to account for possible delays. The deadlines we have set are to complete our bike is May 14, and finish testing by June 27 so that we have about a month of breathing room before racing in August. We’ve also budgeted for potential setbacks, and made alternate designs that we can quickly shift to if the situation calls for it.
We have connections with various professors, engineers, electrical technicians, professional motorcycle riders and mechanics. These industry professionals have provided us with a wealth of knowledge that we are using to make informed and carefully calculated decisions.
Our team is very dedicated and motivated, and we have learned how to adapt to new situations. We have been working for two years on making this dream happen, and there is not much that could stop us from realizing our ambitions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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