Karl Racing at NJMP 2017
Team Photo at NJMP 2017
BMS rev 3.3
Posing with the mean looking machine

Welcome to the Electric Vehicle Team


We practice common sense design by utilizing industry standard tools and design techniques while maintaining a focus on taking initiative and independence. All design is performed by students with guidance from senior members and outside domain experts. Many of our sponsors are industry experts and advise the team regarding various projects and processes, ensuring the best decisions are made.


The main project focus for the team is the 2005 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6RR, which has been rebuilt into an electric superbike. The bike was originally purchased as a rolling chassis and retrofitted with an electric motor, motor controller, and custom battery packs. More recent projects have involved the design of a new rear sub-frame, carbon fiber fairings, and a new battery pack architecture allowing for more capacity.


We optimize and tune our bike to perform in the AHRMA eMotoRacing all-electric race series, representing RIT and competing against other collegiate teams. We use these races and events to network with different individuals and companies that are generous enough to provide advice and wisdom, helping the team make more informed improvements and design decisions.

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Behind the RIT Electric Vehicle Team

  • "Hard work pays off – hard work beats talent any day, but if you’re talented and work hard, it’s hard to be beat."

    - Robert Griffin III

  • “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”

    - Thomas Edison

  • “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”

    - Mia Hamm

  • “Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down.”

    - Ray Bradbury

  • You never know the worth of water until the well is dry.

    Chinese Fortune Cookie