Ten students of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich have set themselves the goal of developing a carbon frame for motorcycle racing. The final motorcycle will be shown at the Swiss Moto in February 2019. With the new carbon frame monocoque concept, the students also take part in the “MotoStudent” competition, a student competition in motorcycle racing. The project, which started in September 2017, examines how the advantages of carbon fiber can be combined with the requirements of a motorcycle frame, since a motorcycle chassis, despite the required rigidity, also has to offer a degree of flexibility, especially in inclined positions. In racing, although several attempts have been made to produce frames made of carbon fiber laminate, but ultimately returned all providers back to chassis made of steel or aluminum. By contrast, carbon frames and chassis are indispensable in bicycle construction and the automotive sector.
Radiate supports the project as a silver sponsor with, among other things, technical know-how and benefits in kind. We wish the ETH Moto Racing Team every success!