TRIUMPH has marked the official end of the collaboration stage (Phase 3) of the TE-1 project with the completion of its prototype demonstrator, ahead of a live testing program over the next six months.
The unique collaboration between Triumph Motorcycles, Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain, and the Innovate UK-funded WMG at the University of Warwick was set up to create ground-breaking developments in specialist electric motorcycle engineering.
The TE-1 project features a Triumph designed final chassis, including frame, sub-frame, cockpit, panels and wheels, and a final drive system including transmission and Gates Carbon belt drive.
The prototype also features new electronics, Öhlins USD cartridge forks, unique prototype Öhlins RSU, Brembo M50 monobloc callipers, and Triumph motorcycle control software.
Williams Advanced Engineering has contributed the final iteration of the prototype WAE battery pack, incorporating dedicated cell packaging for optimum centre of gravity, a vehicle control unit, DC/DC converter, and integrated cooling.
They’ve also created the charge port and stylised carbon covers. Integral Powertrain have been responsible for the powertrain, with a scalable integrated inverter and combined motor, with silicon carbide switching technology and integrated cooling.
With the final pre-live trial simulation completed, results (which exceed targets set by the UK Automotive Council for 2025) indicate the project is on course to deliver the intended performance and durability outcomes which has been driven by the University of Warwick.
The TE-1 project is focused on developing electric motorcycle capability, in order to provide an input into Triumph’s future EV offerings, driving innovation, capability, and creating new intellectual property.
As it moves into the live phase, the testing program has been designed to provide direction into the final set up and calibration of the prototype, and will include road and track tests.
At the completion of Phase 4, the prototype will be updated with its final body panels and paint scheme, in preparation for an active track demonstration, and media engagement.
At this time, the full results of the project, including the final specifications, battery range, and testing outcomes will be published.
“It has been truly exciting to see the progress made during Phase 3 of Project Triumph TE 1 with the final prototype motorcycle now going into real life testing,” Triumph Motorcycles CEO Nick Bloor said.
“We look forward to continuing the ambitious and innovative work on the TE-1 demonstrator prototype through the live testing phase and sharing the outcome with Triumph fans across the world.”
Previous phases have included the initial bike build, battery, inverter, motor and chassis development and testing, safety simulations, vehicle control testing, and software prototyping.
This article was first published on Exhaust Notes Australia.