The BOLT Team is comprised of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer engineering students who take an existing motorcycle frame and suspension and design and build a completely electric powertrain inside. The existing gas tank and engine is removed and replaced with lithium polymer batteries, and a power-dense motor controller, and a powerful electric motor. The team’s newest prototype, BOLT IV, is based on a Yamaha YZF-R1M chassis. The team competes in multiple national competitions earning top places in their category and overall.
The mission of the Virginia Tech BOLT Senior Design Team is to maintain the reputation and history of innovation at Virginia Tech by building an all-electric motorcycle to compete in the AHRMA eMotoRacing series. The BOLT team is dedicated to evolving electric vehicle technology through design, construction, and demonstration of a high performance electric motorcycle and as a competition based team strives for nothing but the best performance on the track. By challenging the standards of performance, the team expects to increase the visibility of clean emissions motorsports while proving the viability of the technology itself.