In April 2017, STORM Eindhoven will be appearing at the start of the 80 Day Race, a race in which teams have to circumnavigate the world in 80 days without using fossil fuels. STORM's entry was confirmed at a press conference by the 80 Day Race organisation on Monday 15 June in Paris. STORM Eindhoven will participate with its electric touring motorcycle, competing against established players within the industries of automotive and racing.
Along with the starting venue of Paris, the 80 Day Race announced the first four teams that aim to compete in the race. Besides STORM Eindhoven, initiatives originating from Rimac, Albert Bosch and Eric Vigouroux will exert every effort to complete the 40,000 kilometres journey. Rimac is a Croatian manufacturer of electric vehicles, well known from the spectacular Concept One they developed. The Spanish Albert Bosch was the first to take part in the famous Dakar Rally with an electric car last year. Frenchman Eric Vigouroux, a former Dakar participant as well, is currently primarily occupied with promoting sustainable mobility. All of these teams confirmed to prepare themselves for the start of the 80 Day Race in 2017.
In September 2014, STORM Eindhoven initiated the development of world's first electric touring motorcycle. The first milestone was achieved in March this year, when the design was presented. The unveiling of the first prototype is scheduled for October 2015. In order to be optimally prepared for the 80 Day Race in 2017, the STORM Eindhoven motorcycle will undergo the ultimate test in the spring of 2016. Through this way, STORM is already able to introduce its motorcycle to the divergent circumstances the earth has to offer.
As students of the Eindhoven University of Technology, the STORM Eindhoven team belongs to a new breed of engineers that has the means, ideas and ambition to conquer the world. STORM believes the key to change mentality towards sustainable mobility, is to let people experience it. The team is confident that the out-of-the-box approach of our generation can make the difference for sustainable mobility in the future.