Here’s another example of innovation in the motorcycle design world, a single Moto2 racer design ready for today but with the capability of using multiple engines.
Three engineers with considerable motorcycle design experience, Juan Manuel Navarro and José Ángel Sánchez, formerly of Yamaha Spain, along with Josep Losantos, formed a company in 2004 called Arianetech, where they’ve been turning out designs for motorcycles, railways and aeronautics.
A multidisciplinary team of over 30 people has been working through 2009 and 2010 to give birth to what we call the ArianeTech 053 PROJECT.
Among them there are motorcycle design experts, track engineers, calculation specialists, designers, CAD model makers, mechanics, laboratory technicians, metrologists, sport managers…
Although the single spec engine rules currently in place precludes the use of other engines, if you design a Moto2 racer capable of running that engine plus engines from several other manufacturers, you would have a racer capable of competing in Moto2 now and ready for the possibility of using other engines, if rules change, and also able to compete in other racing championships. You get lots of competitive possibilities from one basic design.
The Ariane2 can be fitted with any of the 5 following engines, Honda CBR600RR, Yamaha R6, Suzuki GSX600R, Kawasaki ZX-6R and Triumph Daytona 675.
ArianeTech has developed a specific frame for each engine, since all of them have different dimensions. But ALL the rest of the motorcycle is identical. The objective has been to achieve an almost identical behavior in all 5 motorcycle configurations.
The aluminum frame and swingarm are machined from several large blocks to minimize the number of welds. The body is made of carbon fiber, the tailpiece is self supporting and includes room for all electronics. The frame, as you would expect, allows adjustments for engine placement and all suspension variables.
The idea that Moto2 would be prohibitively expensive without restrictive spec engine rules seems counter to the innovation we see popping up all around the world. This example is one more racer from a very capable design team, exhibiting what appears to be competitive engineering with flexibility for multiple applications.
As noted before, we don’t often cover racing but it’s interesting to see the technical innovation on display. I like the thinking going on here.
The Ariane2 will be manufactured in a small series for those racing teams that want to participate in the World Championship and any of the national championships. ArianeTech is looking for one or two teams to lead the Ariane2 development during 2011. Race teams interested in exploring the possibilities of this racer should contact ArianeTech.