Michael Czysz and the Motoczysz company he started, to create the C1 prototype, haven't been making much noise recently after the initial rush of new bike introduction, interviews and photo sessions died down but it looks like they've been hard at work. The original C1 has been retired and they are working on a successor, this time with 600cc. Please read the update at the end of this post.
In order to build a new bike with a new engine, they've been out scouring the world for the best people they could find and they've come up with a few:
Federico Cioni, recently of Ducati, who managed the design of the Testastretta and Desmosedici RR engines, is the new President of Motoczysz.
Other additions include:
Simon Jackson and Adrian Hawkins : formerly Senior Engineers at Cosworth , UK
Nicolas Reynier: formerly Chassis Engineer at KR MotoGP Team , France
Andrea Pretzler: formerly Carbon Fiber Specialist at CarboTech , Austria ; she has done work for BMW and Benelli among others.
The original C1 was a groundbreaking motorcycle and everyone was very impressed with the design, however, they've promised even more from the second generation, scheduled to hit the track around July of next year.
Also very interesting is the partnership they have formed with Ricardo plc, the century old engineering and design firm started by Sir Harry Ricardo, author of The high-speed internal-combustion engine, one of the all time classics in the field. Motoczysz will be using Ricardo's engine development and simulation software in the creation of their new engine.
We're looking forward to seeing the new Motoczysz next year, it should be a stunner and it's an American Sportbike, too. Nice.
Update: Federico Cioni, President of Motoczysz, wrote in to clarify a few points:
A short note to thank you very much for the support and the help you are giving us in spreading the word about MotoCzysz. We really appreciate that and encourage you to continue following our big challenge.
I also feel the need to clarify to you and to all the people that read you that the second generation C1 will not be a 600cc bike. I can see that it was probably not made clear enough on our website, but we’re talking about two different projects: the new C1 will be a 990cc engine (although completely new in its design), which will be manufactured and sold in a very limited number of replicas by the end of the year 2006 (the prototype will be ready for testing by July). On the other hand, the 600cc engine has been conceptually conceived, its architecture defined, but it will equip a different bike, which is still under discussion within our group.
I hope this makes it a little clearer, and again I, on behalf of everyone here, thank you for your continued attention.