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NORTON PLUGS INTO WMG PROJECT

Norton Motorcycles has helped students at the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), a University of Warwick offshoot, to bring an electric racing motorcycle project to fruition. 

To this end, it donated a high-performance frame plus associated data. The students subsequently adapted this sports bike platform to run a specially developed electric powertrain delivering 160kW (201bhp) and 400Nm torque.

Monikered Frontier, the machine also features an immersion-cooled 16kWh battery pack, the first of its kind for application on a motorcycle, with battery cases manufactured using advanced laser-welding technology to deliver structural integrity and maximise reliability and repeatability.

The group of 13 WMG students — made up of a cross-functional team from first to final-year degree students — were joined by a selection of academics, engineers and researchers representing WMG. On-campus research was reinforced with input and technical guidance from Norton’s own designers and engineers, further to supply of the frame.

Commenting on his company’s participation, Norton chief executive Robert Hentschel said: “We are thrilled to be able to support engineers of the future, who are developing tomorrow’s technology today. Our team has been very interested to observe how this project is taking shape, supporting the students wherever possible.”

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