The Lotus Engineering company and manufacturer of iloconvention Hope Technology has introduced track bike, where the national team of great Britain will perform at the Olympic games in 2020. A bike created with the use of high strength fiber composites, Hope and additive manufacturing firm Renishaw, which allowed to reduce the time from initial design to finished details.
British Hope Technology appeared as an expert on innovative velocemente that produces for over 30 years. As part of the joint project, the company has created ultra-light frame of high modulus fiber, and Lotus has developed a unique front fork design and the wheel, which are then integrated into the overall design of the bike. The programme included not only manufacture components, but also their testing for stiffness and purge in a wind tunnel.
Lotus Engineering is part of Group Lotus. Specialized in industrial consulting, enabling technologies and the development of lightweight materials.
To obtain permission to speak on the new bike at the Olympics in Tokyo, the UK team should participate in the European Cup on the track Cycling. Debut of “martial” race track bike Lotus will take place this weekend (November 1-3) at the velodrome of “Minsk-arena”, which takes the first Cup.
Experience in the construction of bicycles from Lotus is already there – the first bike appeared in the ‘ 90s thanks to designer Mike Burrows. The current ban by the International Cycling Union on the monocoque design did not allow Burroughs to finish the work on the bikes in the ‘ 80s, and after removing the restriction of developments gave a group of Lotus engineers. In 1992 came to light LotusSport Pursuit Bike or Type 108, on which the cyclist Chris Boardman won the pursuit race at four kilometers and set a new world record.
The successor to the 108 was a Bicycle with an index of 110. All the same, Boardman set a new hour record ride: 60 minutes he drove 56,375 km.