We seldom cover racing on The Kneeslider, but we do like to look at the technology and design of the racing motorcycles. Some of the bikes and engines show a lot of creative thinking and it's especially interesting when a design goes in a direction not often seen, like hub center steering, for instance.
If you remember the Demonstener project, a BMW based hub center steering design, then you already have the idea behind the LaMoto2 project. Carlos Beltrán Carrión says they are trying to prove the benefits of hub center steering to as many people as possible and mounting it on a racing motorcycle would seem to be a great way to do just that.
After meeting with Pepe Burgaleta of La Moto magazine who track tested the Demonstener, they were asked to lead an Open Design Project, to build an alternative suspension MOTO2 racer. The idea is to run the 3 latest races of the Spanish Moto2 Championship. Being an open design project, what they are looking for is reader input, designs submitted by individuals with ideas of how best to put hub center steering on a Moto2 racing motorcycle. There are a lot of designers out there who would love the opportunity to get their ideas in front of the right people who can bring them into reality. Well, here's the chance.
The project is focused on two websites, LaMoto2, which is in Spanish, and Beltrance.com, where Carlos Beltrán Carrión will describe in English the progress of the open design project and present the designs as they come in.
It's not every day you have an opportunity to take part in a project that may see your design on the track with a top level competitive racing team. Aspiring designers often come up with their own designs and put them out there hoping someone will see their work. Here's a project actually looking for specific designs, and it also combines the opportunity with a real world goal and timeline.
They already have some big name sponsors lined up, so, if you think you have an idea that could be a winner, check out the sites and get to work.