Brough Superior to Make Moto2 Debut at SilverstoneThu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700
The Taylormade Brough Superior racebike will make its Moto2 racing debut at the British Grand Prix at the U.K.’s Silverstone circuit. Backed by insurance company Bennetts, the one-off entry will feature British Supersport racer Luke Mossey riding the Taylormade Carbon 2 racebike.
Led by California-based but British-bred Paul Taylor and John Keogh, the Taylormade project was started to rethink the spark the impending relaunch of the Brough Superior brand as well as to explore new ways of designing prototype race machines. The Taylormade bike uses a carbon fiber monocoque chassis with an A-arm front suspension that somewhat resembles BMW‘s Telelever.
Our own Troy Siahaan was lucky enough to get the chance to ride the Taylormade Brough Superior late last year, and after a quick-fix for a damaged fork cartidge, found the A-arm suspension worked similar to a traditional fork.
As per Moto2 specs, the Taylormade Brough Superior is powered by a Honda CBR600RR engine outputting about 120 hp at the rear wheel. Unlike most other Moto2 competitors, the radiator is located at the back of the bike instead of in front of the engine in order to open up room for the suspension system.
“The bike has been in development and testing for a number of years and as befitting the iconic Brough Superior name, this is the state of the art in chassis design,” says Taylor. “We’ve been able to benefit from Formula 1 expertise here in the UK and hope that will make for a very competitive package first time out. Luke has taken well to the bike so we are really looking forward to mixing it up with the regular Moto2 competition to see how good it is.”
The Bennetts Brough Superior team has some more work to do, with one more test planned before the Aug. 29-31 British Grand Prix.
By Dennis Chung
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