Factor 001: Designed by F1 Engineers
The world’s first bike designed and hand-built by Formula One engineers is currently on display in the London Science Museum, and on sale at Harrods.
Factor 001, the creation of engineers at BERU f1systems, has been described as both a ‘rule-destroying speed machine’ and a ‘mobile sports laboratory’. Riders are promised rapid acceleration with minimal exertion, thanks to the lightweight and extremely rigid carbonfibre monocoque structure, with ‘twin-vane’ architecture that can be adjusted to within a millimetre to suit the rider’s measurements and typical riding position. You can even opt for carbon ceramic disc brakes.
“Our twin-vane design provides substantially improved lateral stiffness and therefore more of the power generated by the rider is transmitted into forward motion,” explains John Bailey, managing director at BERU f1systems. “A conventional frame, even one made of carbon composite, flexes when the rider applies force to the pedals, which absorbs energy and reduces acceleration. Our twin-vane frame almost completely eliminates this problem, delivering an exceptionally responsive ride.”
“Each model takes six highly skilled engineers a week to make. With only a limited number of bikes due to be built, we expect Factor 001 to become a desirable collectors’ item,” concludes Bailey.
For further information, see www.factor001.com.
Text: Charis Whitcombe
Video / Photos: BERU f1systems
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