• Lotus helped develop pioneering forks and lightweight handlebars.
• The track bike was on show at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
• It has been created to help the Great Britain Cycling Team win medals.
In a bid to help the Great Britain Cycling Team win medals, Lotus unveiled a specialised track bike.
Known as The Hope/Lotus track bike, it was developed in part by Lotus Engineering and Hope Technology. It was on display at the recent 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
What sets this bike apart from the rest, you ask? According to members of the team, the bike's front-end design is a never-seen-before feature in the world of cycling.
Richard Hill, chief aerodynamicist at Lotus, says: "I think the advantage that Lotus brings to bike design is that we're not bike designers. We're not engrossed in that industry, so we look at things from a very purist point of view. It's the way Lotus has always approached every project for any external client."
The bike consists of two designs of lightweight handlebar - suited explicitly for sprint and pursuit races - with 3D-printed aluminium, carbon fibre and titanium infused materials.
Much like its high-performance models, its two-wheeled version is light, boasts optimised aerodynamics that translates into exceptional handling. The bike's frame and wheels were supplied by Hope Tehcnology while Renishaw served as the engineering partner.
On the motoring side of things, The Emira made its debut early in July and also serves as the last and best-of-breed petrol-powered sports car from the British automaker.