After further successful testing yesterday, today has seen the race team fit a brand new pair of BST carbon fibre wheels. These will be put through their paces with further circuit testing tomorrow. The carbon wheels have amazing performance with incredibly strong structual qualities and are visually stunning when seen in the flesh.
We’ve not got long until we set off for the Isle of Man – 9 days to be exact!
Take a look at the intricate detail of the lobster back titanium exhaust as it twists and weaves around the engine and exits to a near vertical position. We think you’ll definitely hear us coming!
Our race trailer is fully loaded and ready to deliver great entertainment at this weekends Thundersprint. Visit us on Saturday and see the Commando 961 Sport, Cafe Racer and the world speed record holding rotary powered NRV588 at the Norton stand located in front of Northwich Memorial Hall.
On Sunday, there will be some not to be missed displays from Ian Mackman on a race version of our Commando 961 Cafe Racer in addition to the 447 yard ‘Grand Prix in a Car Park’ – The Thundersprint.
We are pleased that Alltruck plc have got on track with us which allows us to participate in great events such as this.
For full details of the event, see www.thundersprint.com
With just 24 days until qualifying for the Senior TT, our 195bhp V4 racer is almost ready for the gruelling 226-mile race.
Track testing is now underway and the focus has been on fine tuning the way the bike turns and brakes, along with preparations on the Ohlins suspension and Dunlop tyres – ensuring both are synchronized and ready for the toughest road race in the world. The bike is being put through its‘ paces on a high speed test, including a 165mph ‘no hands’ test to check the stability of the bike – definitely not for the faint-hearted!
AT Power are sorting out the throttle bodies, fuel injection and ignition mapping. The combination of 195bhp and 190kg when fully fuelled and ready to race is a great combination for the TT. Head of Design, Simon Skinner says, “We’ve gone for a bike we hope will be rock solid…The biggest stuff in terms of the design and engineering are all now done and the list of things to do is much smaller, but no less important. Some of these are going to take a lot of work to get right but we have a good team and determination.”
Stuart Garner, CEO said, “Being there for the first high-speed test was interesting and we were all a bit nervous because we needed to know the bike was stable. Our rider Ian Mackman did some high-speed runs, hard braking and lots of track laps – he was really happy.”
Ian Mackman is one of the few people to have ridden the bike and said, “The first time was just a few weeks ago…the bike feels quite small like a 600 sports bike. We pushed the bike up to 165mph – everything seems right with the stability. The engine feels great in terms of the way it delivers the power, really strong.”
Follow the progress of the V4 build as it happens on twitter – @norton_ceo
The full article is in today’s MCN.