The high-tech, high-value electric motorcycle made its debut with fanfare at the EICMA 2018 Milan Motorcycle Show, but then encountered funding problems from defaulting investors which led to the bankruptcy of the company in 2019.
Today, founder and lead designer Mark Truman is said to have successfully bought the company from administration and is set to resurrect the high-tech bike.
As Mark explained:
“We had a lot of interest after the administration, but nothing really worked. I decided to buy the assets myself four months ago. The project had gone too far and had been too well received for me not to pursue it. The global support we received from people was amazing and really left me with no other option. “
Originally sporting a whopping £ 90,000 (approx. US $ 117,000) price tag, the Arc Vector is certainly not your typical electric motorcycle.
With its designer from Jaguar’s Skunkworks design department, the Arc Vector was certainly a one-of-a-kind electric motorcycle. It featured a carbon fiber monocoque design that gave the futuristic cafe racer an unmistakable profile.
The front swingarm suspension in place of traditional telescopic forks and the resulting center hub steering also add to the bike’s unique design.
Equipped with a 95 kW (127 hp) electric motor, the Arc Vector achieves an electronically limited top speed of 200 km / h (124 mph). The bike also achieves a 0 to 100 km / h (0 to 62 mph) time of just 3.2 seconds.
The 16.8 kWh battery can provide a range of up to 436 km (271 miles) on the NEDC cycle. DC fast charging allowed the pack to be recharged in just 45 minutes.
The bike was also designed to work with a ‘man-machine interface’ which included a technology-integrated jacket to provide haptic feedback warnings as well as a special head-up display (HUD) helmet allowing the rider to keep eyes on the road while always seeing a relevant innovation.
While the Arc Vector may not have met its original production targets, Truman’s resurrection of the company gives the bike another chance.
The original goal was to produce 399 units to match the bike’s battery voltage of 399V. But now things are apparently going to move a bit slower.
As Mark explained:
« Without the pressure of a big company, we’re taking things a little slower now. The first bikes will be delivered to their customers in 12 months. We are going to give 10 clients a very special opportunity on the first 10 vectors. I’m not revealing what it is yet, but watch this space.
We’ll be back with more information on the rebirth of Arc Vector as soon as the company shares more details on its upcoming projects.
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