OCT. 21, 2013 – The SPSU Electrical Vehicles Team (EVT) race bike division recently made a journey to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2013 Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) eRoad Racing World Cup. The race marked the debut for electric race bikes at IMS, and SPSU EVT was the only prototype team and university-based team in the competition.
The SPSU EVT team has three divisions: an S10 truck division, an electric cart division and the newly formed race bike division. The latter has six members – Jason Megahee, mechatronics; Josh Hangar, mechanical engineering technology; Carter Knight, mechanical engineering; Caesar Gonzales, mechanical engineering technology; Tyler Rowan, electrical engineering; and Richard Wilmot, electrical engineering technology. New media arts major Philip Mincey provides the team with graphic arts support.
“Our first year as a team has been extremely stressful,” said Rowan. “We had no place to work and little funding.” Gonzales, a professional bike racer, donated the bike chassis, and Rowan put together a plan and a proposal to use in getting corporate sponsors.
Today, all the SPSU EVT divisions work together in space acquired in the Wilder Communication building adjacent to the baseball field, and several companies specifically involved in power generation and alternative energy are providing generous donations and support to Team SPSU Hornet 1, including Georgia Power and Storm Copper Components.
“The attention we received from hundreds of people at the World Cup floored us,” Rowan said. “General Electric and numerous other companies came by to see us. We made great connections while we were in Indianapolis.”