The MotoStudent Competition is an international competition addressed to university teams, in which the students are given a chance to test their skills in several engineering tasks and prove that they are competent future engineers. The competition is held by MEF (Moto Engineering Foundation), in Motorland Aragon in Spain, where all the motorcycles are being subjected to professional tests and checks.
The main target of the team is to design a racing motorcycle according to Moto3 specifications, which also abides by the rules and regulations of MotoStudent, mainly focusing on the safety aspect.
MotoStudent is a challenge for the students, as they have to prove their creativity and technical abilities to the judges, who are professionals in the motorsport field.
Typhoon Motoracing UoWM was founded in the autumn of 2014, by students of the University of Western Macedonia. The team aspired to design, study and develop a Moto3 racing type motorcycle. The team began by thoroughly searching for information on manufacturing a bike, as well as by learning new software required for this project
The main tasks of 2015 were focused on designing and building the prototype. More specifically, by the summer of that year, the members of the team managed to learn how to use 3D modeling software and had already prepared the first designs of the prototype they called Tyφ-one.
In March, the team was officially registered in the competition and, at the end of April, Typhoon Motoracing had received the MotoStudent kit, which contained the engine, the brake pads, and a set of tires.
When the kit arrived, the work began on improving and finalizing the motorcycle’s design. At the same time, a great deal of care was given to the ergonomic aspect of its design and the proper fitment of the engine. By the end of the summer, both design and analysis were almost finished and the team had reached the final and most essential part of the project, the construction.
Simultaneously, the team was continually searching for sponsorships and other funding solutions to help fulfill its targets and needs.
By the end of 2015, Tyφoon managed to find enough sponsorships to manufacture the prototype in 2016. Both the sponsorships and the organization of small events helped the team afford tools, materials, transportation and all the remaining costs that came with the construction of the prototype.
In order to manufacture the previous year’s blueprints, the team visited workshops both around Kozani and the northern prefectures of Greece. The materials that had been used were either bought from the team or sponsored. This way, the prototype started taking its form and developing into Tyφ-one parts.
The team began creating its first model and, it had ended before the first half of 2016, the first finished parts of the prototype were already in the workshop. Using the innovation of 3D printing, many parts of the assembly were created for their behavior and fitment to the rest of the motorcycle to be studied.
In the mid-2016, the team took part in various motorsports events, where they were allowed to present to the public the work that they had accomplished in the given period.
Until the summer of 2016, the project was finished. After much hard work, troubleshooting and development, Tyφoon’s fully-functioning and ready to race motorcycle was prepared to participate in MotoStudent IV, which took place in Autumn 2016 at Aragon’s MotorLand Circuit. The rider, Antonis Laggidis, would represent our team on the track. Tyφoon’s very competitive vehicle, along with a thorough business and industrialization plan, lead the team to secure the ninth place among thirty-five competing teams. The business plan played a significant role in this result, as the team achieved the second place for this part of the competition.
After the impressive results of Tyφoon’s first appearance at the competition, the second team was formed, aiming to improve upon the already existing foundation. Work and studying immediately began, as the bar had already been set very high. The second team registered for the next MotoStudent competition and focused on learning to use software needed.
During the summer of 2017, the first design targets were set and the team steadily proceeded to compose the first chapter of the technical presentation for the fifth MotoStudent competition.
Especially in October 2017, the first chapter called “Conceptual Design”, was finalized and submitted. Following this, the first kit of the fifth MotoStudent competition (containing the engine and tires) arrived in Kozani. This arrival signaled the start of the final design and analysis for the team’s next prototype with the name Chimera.
During the months that followed, the team had to cope with a very high workload, as the preparation of the next chapter, “Detailed Design”, required extensive research and effort. It contains the final design and study of Tyφoon’s second model, which was named Chimera. At the same time, the chapters “Industrial Production” and “Business Plan” were also being composed. These parts of the technical presentation concern the development and study of a virtual company, which could, theoretically, mass-produce Chimera in Greece.
The new year found Tyφoon’s members in a demanding working schedule. After the team submitted” Detailed Design” to the competition, the Business and Industrialization plans had to be finalized within the following weeks. Simultaneously, the search for funding and sponsorships was again underway and played a significant role in the construction of the second model.
By April, the team had officially begun Chimera’s construction, while at the same time, the two chapters regarding the financial and business analysis were being finalized. By the end of the month, these chapters were submitted to the competition.
Our team continued working hard until October when the last phase of Motostudent was held. Up to that moment, the team had tested” Chimera” 3 times in the circuit of Serres. Our new rider, Spyros Papageorgiou, honored us with his collaboration. His experience and excellent communication helped the team to obtain a better view of the driver’s feel of the motorcycle and make the final adjustments.
In Motostudent V, Tyφoon Motoracing won 2 out the 3 awards of MS1 (the theoretical part of the competition),” Best Innovation” and” Best Design”, achieving 4th position in the entirety of MS1. In the dynamic testing phase, MS2, the team came in 1st position in the acceleration test and the mechanical test. This way, Tyφoon earned 7th place in MS2 and also the 7th place in the final rankings.
After the success of Tyφoon 2016-2018 in Motostudent V, the team started recruiting new members. In January of 2019, the generation of the new team was and the members began preparing for Motostudent VI in order to continue the team’s legacy. The new model named Cerberus and so the new project started. In March, the team launched a lottery to gather some funds for the new beginning.