This intstallment in the BergerHaus Design Blog is four screenshots of my very last minute entry for Intercad Australia's "Design an Electric Superbike Competition". The competition is being held in a few stages but the finished goal is to design an Electric Superbike (like a TTzero bike but for the road). The first part of the competition is to design the frame/chassis to be used in the construction of the bike. It is being run by Australia's major Solidworks distributor Intercad and is only open to Australian or New Zealnad citizens. The winning entry is going to be built by one of our top race engineering companies (Triple 8 Race Engineering) and will be sold at auction for charity.
Check out the Electric Superbike webpage for further details & updates. http://theelectricsuperbike.com.au/
I am a little disappointed with my entry and I wished I'd had more time and would have also liked more information regarding the battery specifications/quantity/mass etc. when designing. It has been good fun though and is the first time I've had a go at a major project on Solidworks. Whether I win or not I am going to finish out the design of the bike anyway because it has been quite a good learning experience. I chose to use Chrome Moly for the chassis construction as one of the primary sponsors of the competition is RaceTech Tubing here in Australia and they specialise in High strength Alloy tube supplies. Chrome Moly is also a well proven material in other similar applications and is relatively straight forward to fabricate.
Once the winner of the first stage has been anounced I will most likely commence work again on my chassis design regardless of the outcome, (win or lose), this will include moving the motor position to make more room for batteries. As an added bonus the winner of the Frame design stage will get to work with Solidworks Technicians and Triple 8 Racing's Drawing Office Manager Ian Draper to work though and validate their design. This would be a very good experience indeed.