- Title: UK motorbike makers say new model breaks the mould
- Date: 7th November 2018
- Summary: WOMAN WEARING ARC VECTOR HUD HELMET COVENTRY, ENGLAND, UK (RECENT) (VIDEO NEWS RELEASE) ARC HEADQUARTERS COVENTRY OFFICE SIGN ARC STAFF AT WORK AND IN CONVERSATION WITH MARK TRUMAN ARC VECTOR DESIGNER WITH SCREENS (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEBASTIAN PECK, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF JAGUAR LAND ROVER'S CAPITAL INVESTMENT FUND, SAYING: "I think the Arc Vector bike is it is a really fine example of British designs. It's incredibly futuristic. I really like the concept with the haptic suit that gives you that feedback. And I think there's a euphoria mode which makes your hair stand up on your back when you ride the bike. So, I think the experience you would get out of out of riding this bike is different from anything that has gone before it." VARIOUS OF PROJECTION MAPPING ON MODEL BIKE VARIOUS OF VOLUNTEER WEARING HAPTIC SUIT WHILE UNDERTAKING VR TEST
- Embargoed: 21st November 2018 14:02
- Keywords: motorbike Arc EICMA Motorcycle show motorcycle
- Location: MILAN, ITALY / COVENTRY, ENGLAND, UK
- City: MILAN, ITALY / COVENTRY, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Science
- Reuters ID: LVA00595ICBQ3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Fledgling UK motorbike manufacturer Arc launched its first model to great fanfare at the EICMA Motorcycle show in Milan on Tuesday (November 6).
The Vector costs a whopping Â£90,000 ($117,000 USD) but Arc says that's for good reason.
Speaking at the launch, Mark Truman, Arc founder and CEO said: "We've developed the most technologically advanced motorcycle on the market. It's the safest, it's the cleanest, it's the most sustainable. It's got superbike pace. That's why it's the most expensive bike at the show at ninety thousand pounds."
Hand-built at the firm's Coventry headquarters, Vector has a lightweight carbon-composite structure and is electric-powered.
The motorbike is almost 60 kilograms lighter than comparable machines and the firm says it the best power-to-weight ratio of any electric motorcycle of its class.
Editor of Motorcycle News, Jordan Gibbon, calls it "a total revolution in motorcycling as we know it, not only from an electric vehicle standpoint."
He said: "It's only about 220 kilos. It's quite powerful. It's got a good range. If you ride it like a motorcycleâ€™s supposed to be ridden it will do about 200 miles and amazingly recharge in about 45 minutes. So, it's broken the mould for electric vehicles."
A Heads-Up Display (HUD) helmet inspired by those of fighter pilots, projects sat-nav and ancillary graphics onto the rider's visor, while a live rear-view camera lets them see what's behind.
Cutting edge haptic sensory technology is utilised via an intelligent rider jacket called The Origin, which vibrates to alert of a potential hazard, provide dynamic performance-based feedback, or enhance the senses when riding.
The helmet has three settings, including Euphoric Mode which lets riders play music through the haptics as they ride, simulating the bass through the jacket's amplifiers.
Arc has received financial backing from the lies of Jaguar Land Rover.
Sebastian Peck, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover's capital investment fund, called the Arc Vector bike "a fine example of British designs."
He said: "The euphoria mode makes your hair stand up when you ride the bike. I think the experience you get out of out of riding this bike is different from anything that has gone before it."
Arc plans to build 399 motorcycles in its first year of sales; the same figure as the batteries' total voltage.
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