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Newsletter of September 2021

September was a month full of new impressions and activities. The new team started working on two superbikes instead of one, the Delta-XE and the Apex-RS. They also attended their first event and did a lot of workshops and teambuilding activities.

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Last month, we started as the 5th team of Electric Superbike Twente! With a lot of motivation and enthusiasm, we started the year with some productive meetings and a lot of team-building activities! We are going to improve both the Delta-XE and the Apex-RS. Our goal is to beat the Moto-E lap times and to preserve racing for future generations.
Last weekend we attended the EV-Experience! We are thankful that we were able to tell our story to everyone who was interested in our superbikes. We showed both the Delta-XE and the Apex-RS at our own Electric Superbike Twente stand. The EV (Electric Vehicle) Experience is a fair where multiple brands can show their electric innovations in the automotive industry.
Since we want to improve both the Delta-XE and the Apex-RS, the new team has to learn everything about the superbikes. So why not disassemble them? So that's what they did! The previous team joined us to teach us everything we need to know about the Delta-XE and the Apex-RS.

Partner highlights

Pinlock makes visors with moisture-absorbing materials, which are secured by pins. They call this the "Pinlock" system, which guarantees that a fogged up shield is definitely something of the past. They support us financially and help our marketing team by guiding our social media and marketing planning.
VDL ETG Almelo is a system supplier, realizing system integrations of mechatronic (sub)systems and modules for original equipment manufacturers and high-tech capital goods. They focus on everything from the design to the production of parts, but also on assembly and control. This year, VDL ETG Almelo supports us financially and they invited us to have dinner with them to get to know each other.
Indi is a webshop selling all kinds of technical components. They provided us with shopping credit, allowing us to buy small important components like bolts and nuts. 
Optimizing components like the electric motor and motor controller is crucial to get the most out of our superbike. Therefore, we build our own custom dynamometer. This is made possible by our partner Dynoteg. They provided us the parts and software needed to make the dynamometer, enabling us to test and tune our superbike 
whenever we want. 

A word from our Chief Chassis

First a small introduction of our little subteam. Our subteam contains 6 engineers and guided by one chief. We are responsible for all the mechanical parts and issues of the superbikes. Most of us completed bachelors in Engineering studies at the University of Twente and we use this opportunity to further develop our practical skills by applying our knowledge on the motorcycle. Additionally, identifying our interests for future careers and to contribute to the transition to electric powered vehicles. 

During this year we are planning on improving the existing superbikes; reducing weight, making it more efficient and of course faster! This entails lots of testing and refining, for which we are stoked to start. However, before we can improve, we first need to know the superbikes and identify potential areas of improvement.

After a week of getting to know the team and doing teambuilding exercises, our first assignment was to pinpoint what our predecessors have been doing for the past few years. At first we started reading through their documentation. Subsequently, a more exciting phase started: taking the superbikes apart, supervised by members of the previous teams. We are currently working on some of the finishing touches of both bikes before we start testing. 

This month was ended by reorganising the workplace to start off with a clean slate.

A word from our Chief Powertrain

On the sixth of September, we finally started our year at Electric Superbike Twente! The first week existed of a lot of fun teambuilding activities, and some more practical tasks as well: we went paintballing with the entire team, and the office got an overhaul due to the growth of the team.  

Besides this, some serious work was done as well. Since we will work on two bikes this year, the workshop will need to be reorganized, an together with the chassis team we took a look at the possibilities for this. Furthermore the available equipment and stock was inspected so that the team is familiar with it.  

Together with members of the old teams we walked through some of the essential parts of our job this year. A meeting was held about the software running on the motorcycles, and points of improvement for both bikes were discussed. With this information we could make a start on making a product backlog for both bikes, and the first tasks were divided within the team.  

After these slightly chaotic first weeks, everybody in our subteam is eager to start with the real technical challenges we are to face this year!

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Upcomming Events

 

7 October

Visit Highschool in Drunen
 

9 - 10 October

Military Boekelo
 

13 - 14 October

Best Student Team Awards
 

26 October

ROC visit 
 
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