Coventry-based Arc company weeks away from launching world’s first fully electric neo-cafe race bike

Jaguar Land Rover spin-out Arc says there are just weeks to go before the world’s first fully electric neo-cafe racer – the Vector – goes to market.

The Coventry-based company has been working on a ‘neo-cafe racer’ – an update on the cafe racer craze of the 1960s which saw enthusiasts modify standard production motorcycles to achieve higher speed on short distances.

The revolutionary motorcycle is considered the most advanced ever built and, by replacing the traditional chassis with the battery, offers a dynamic experience which, according to the firm, can sometimes be lost with electric vehicles.

It only takes 40 minutes to recharge, can reach 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds and has a range of over 430 km, with a top speed limited to 200 mph.

The concept was created on PTC’s Creo computer-aided design software, based at Eagle Tower in Cheltenham.

“We’ll have designers working on surfacing in Creo and engineers using it to work on parts pretty early on, figuring out how the parts will attach to the product, how we’re going to get that quality, the right spacing, etc., explained Arc founder and CEO Mark Truman, who during his time at JLR was involved in special projects including the design of James Bond cars.

“We want to think about all of this as soon and as soon as possible,” explained Mark Truman, who during his time at JLR was involved in special projects, including the design of James Bond cars.

“If possible, we wanted to avoid a situation where designers create something and throw it over the fence to engineers, who are then expected to make it work.

“It often results in a very argumentative process. Designer recovers engineering that isn’t quite the same as what they designed, or engineers get stuck trying to figure out something that just isn’t possible or will cost too much to make .

“The collaborative platform really encourages innovation and we are now starting to make the most of new features, such as generative design, real-time simulation and even additive manufacturing.”

“When you’re working on your first model, speed to market is key. You need to generate revenue and you need to prove to the industry that exciting design can become a production reality.”

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