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Newsletter of July 2022

July was the month where the Imatranajo race took place. We traveled to Finland to show what we have been working on for many years. And with result! Because we won the race against the JHC Ukkonen team! Something we are very proud of and another big step towards our long-term goals.

Sadly our bike also crashed on the second day of the event. Even though the crash is obviously something you wouldn't want to happen, we handled it safely but more important, Jorn wasn't hurt and was able to race on his own bike for the rest of the weekend. If you want to read a more elaborate explanation, there is a part later on in this newsletter called "Crash Update".

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We won! We beat the student team of Finland with our Delta-XE! And not only that, we also reached a top speed of 275 km/h! That means that the Delta-XE had a higher top-speed than the current MotoE bikes. We are very proud of this achievement and want to thank everyone for coming by to see our fully electric superbike race. 

We also want to thank JHC Ukkonen (the Finnish racing team) for their support. Even though we race against eachother, we like to be very cooperative and supportive towards one another. And we definetely felt very welcome in Finland. We are looking forward to working with them again.
There they were, side by side. Pauli Ukkonen on the motorbike of the Finnish team and Jorn Hamberg on our bike, the Delta-XE. 1, 2, 3, go. The race started and immediately Jorn took the first place. While the first lap continued, slowly a gap between the Finnish bike and the Delta was created. It became slightly bigger and while we saw Jorn crossing the line and begin his second lap, we were full of adrenaline, first because of his very high speed and second because he had a comfortable head start on the Finnish bike.
The second lap began. The head start became bigger and bigger, while Jorn actually was taking it a little bit slower than before. This, because it would delay the heating and with that create the possibility to drive the third lap at full power again. And at full power he went. What a drive, what a speed. While watching Jorn on the screens next to the track, we saw him coming closer and closer to the finish line. Is this really happening? Yes, it is. We are about to win this thing! And there he came, again with an insanely high speed. We were screaming and cheering of happiness.

But sadly, just when the bike went over the finish line, the bike crashed. It was an emotional rollercoaster, but most important: Jorn was okay. Read more about the crash later on in this newsletter.

Partner highlights


VDL Enabling Technologies Group is a ‘tier-one contract manufacturing partner’ with global operations. They have 9 locations in 5 countries. VDL ETG offers engineering, prototyping and serial manufacturing services that are characterized by high complexity and relatively small production numbers. They also provide customer-specific production mechanization.

VDL ETG Almelo supports us financially. Next to that, we visited their facilities and we had a dinner together with other companies from High Tech Almelo.

Hankamp gears has been a high quality materials manufacturer for more than 100 years. Their specialty lies in the manufacturing of gears and gear components with tight tolerances. This makes them able to build single components but also of mid-size batch quantities and gear box assemblies.

Hankamp gears has made most of the moving parts inside the Apex-RS and the Delta-XE. This year, they manufactures an axle in order to optimize the performance of the Delta.

Crash Update

It has now been a few weeks since the crash of the DELTA-XE. After a week off, we got back to work, eager to find out what went wrong. Straight away, it was discovered that the electro-motor was completely stuck, the reason for this was still a mystery. Our data also suggests that our temperatures were too high. We therefore now assume that our electro-motor overheated. However, we cannot say this for certain, as the electro-motor is still being checked. 

Nevertheless, we have also revisited the safety system that is in place for preventing such overheating. After some testing, it has been discovered that this system has malfunctioned. This has now been fixed, leaving us with the learning experience. As for the DELTA-XE, we can tell you that EST5.0 will not be attending races with it for the rest of our year. Whether it will drive again, remains uncertain. 

The crash of the DELTA-XE was a devastating experience for us. However, we have to accept that crashing is a part of racing. The crash did provide a great learning experience for our team and for the future of electric racing. Our post-crash cleanup was handled successfully and safely, showing the racing community our high standards for safety.

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