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Newsletter of August 2021

What a month it has been! Although it is vacation and many of our team members enjoyed some free time, we also did a lot. We presented the rider of the Delta-XE, focussed a lot on safety, and were present at Jack's Racing Day. And the highlight of this month was the testing day of the Apex-RS at TT Circuit Assen!

News

Safety is our number 1 priority! Last year we improved a lot on working safely with the superbikes. To show the world how we ensure safety in our work and workplace, we held a safety-themed week on our socials. We exhibited how we work with the high voltage system and the battery pack. We also showed how we handle fire outbreaks, set up racing day protocols, and use Pinlock in our rider's helmet during racing.
A few weeks ago we were present at Jack's Racing Day at TT Circuit Assen! We showcased our newest electric superbike and had a lot of great talks with the other visitors of the event.

Partner highlights

Virtual Lab 17 is specialized in both virtual and augmented reality. Last year, they made a 3D experience for the reveal of the Apex-RS. This year we wanted to try something new. Together we will make two cool videos of the Delta-XE, so stay tuned for more!
In our workshop, we made our own dyno to enable in-house testing and tunning of the components of our superbike. To support the dyno it needs a frame. This frame was made by our partner Richter Lasersnijtechniek, by laser cutting the steel pipes that are used. 

News

On the 13th of August, we presented the rider of the Delta-XE! Born in Julianadorp, with already 10 years of experience and aged 20 years old, Finn will ride the Delta-XE during our races!

Partner highlights

IACT, located in Haaksbergen, builds software for a variety of applications, ranging from software for small machines to software for the visualization and control of large processes. We are happy to have a partnership with a software company, providing us the opportunity to contact them if we want some help. Besides that, they support us financially.
Bender provides us with an individually programmed insulation monitoring device (IMD) unit, as well as its technical documentation. The IMD unit is used to monitor the insulation resistance of the high voltage system. They also provided us with the opportunity to ask for support from one of their experts for the implementation of the IMD unit. 

Apex-RS on track!

A final test before the race at the Varsselring was planned to get our rider Jorn used to the Apex-RS. It was the first time that Jorn rode the Apex-RS. To get the team fully prepared for the race, (safety) protocols and personal tasks were simulated. A lot of improvements had been made during the past months, which also had to be examined.
Upon arrival, the junior track at Assen was damp but drying up slowly. Rain tires replaced the slicks, and Jorn got on the Apex-RS swiftly. He built up his speed up lap by lap, seemingly not having any trouble getting used to an electric racing motorcycle. He increased the lean angle bit by bit and got more familiar with the Apex-RS. The first feedback Jorn gave was that it was harder to get the motorcycle to turn, seemingly because of a lack of engine braking. It was just something Jorn had to get himself used to. Jorn also found the rear suspension to be too stiff, meaning we will have to get a new spring.
After riding many laps on the track, it was time to simulate two important racing scenarios: the start and hard braking. The start is an important, if not the most important moment of the race. Jorn’s experience was clear when we saw how easily he did a full-power start! After the start, Jorn showed us what hard braking looks like, which he also had no trouble with!

After getting used to the Apex-RS, Jorn told us that it was a very nice motorcycle to ride on. Due to the short wheelbase and weight distribution, it felt compact and agile, which was exactly what we set out to achieve when we designed the Apex-RS!

The day ended with an electronic problem with the isolation between high and low voltage, which caused the Apex-RS to automatically switch off due to safety measures built into the motorcycle. It looks like the vibrations of the electromotor could be a cause of this, but that has to be investigated further.
Seeing the Apex-RS on the track, where it belongs, was a wonderful experience. We learned some key lessons that will be very useful for when we go racing. We can’t wait to get back on track!

Our proud partners

Upcoming events

2 September
Kick-In Activism Lunch (University of Twente)

4 September
Item in 'Klaas Kan Alles'

4-5 September
Race at Varsselring (Hengelo, Gelderland)

6 September
Opening Academic Year University of Twente

T.B.D.
Official opening of the Future Factory
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