By putting the price upfront, Arc Vector wants to remove any potential confusion around this electric motorcycle (e-motorcycle). The performance, like the price, will be wild. Although I’ve seen more than my fair share of extravagance, my first question is, is this thing wilder than the already insane Lightning Motorcycle LS218? If so, then the Arc Vector electric motorcycle is going to be thunderous!
£90,000 for a zero-emission electric café racer is not your everyday, garden-variety electric bike, even less so with news that only 399 will be built. And to prove that Arc Vector is real, it will spin its wheels for the first time in public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 4–7 July and tackle the famous international hill climb.
Arc Vector is showing off its production-ready e-motorcycle there and then wants to start delivering customer orders sometime next summer. In the meantime, you can wait patiently and simulate the Arc Vector with its virtual reality–enabled (VR) Vector.
Following Goodwood Festival of Speed, a third prototype will be shown at the upcoming Michelin Supercar Paddock.
Electric Arc Vector Motorcycle at the Goodwood Festival
Why the Goodwood Festival of Speed? The international event is about speed in any shape or form. This is where the Arc Vector will show the rigidity of its carbon monocoque battery module, which the rider can monitor through the connected heads-up display helmet and a bespoke jacket with haptic motors.
The company says it is intent on providing a legacy-free platform of its battery module, freeing the design process to accommodate a cross-vehicle architecture. This means the Arc Vector is replacing the traditional chassis with the battery and a patented front-end geometry, carbon fiber swingarms, custom Öhlins dampers, and Brembo Stylema brakes. It sports a 399V electric motor – good enough for a power-to-weight ratio of 650bhp per tonne.
If you’re going to the Goodwood Speed Festival, then head on over to Plot 5. Once there, you will be able to put on the Vector Virtual Reality goggles with a helmet and Origin sensory body armor.
And for race fans, the bike will race twice on each day of the event. According to Arc founder and CEO Mark Truman:
“Goodwood is the ideal place for us to show the Vector to the people for the first time in anger. We’ve been testing behind the scenes and now the bike is emerging from the shadows. It is the most amazing thing both to ride and behold. Up to 150,000 are expected at the Festival of Speed, and I hope they all get a chance to see what we’ve been working on; a unique all-electric neo café racer with all sorts of kit never before seen. Goodwood is perfect because it’s a champion of new technology and a best of British event of which we very much hope to be at the forefront. It feels really great to get the chance to ride something so new and advanced on such a prestigious piece of tarmac. It also gives us the opportunity to show enthusiasts what the bike is about, let them experience this sensory world on our stand, and help them understand the philosophy and ambition behind what we believe is a truly game-changing electric motorcycle.”
- Motor: 399-volt electric
- Performance: 133bhp
- Torque: 591Nm (436 lb-ft at the wheel)
- Weight: 220kg (kerb)
- Seat height: 840mm
- Price: £90,000
- Urban: 387/623
- Ex.Urban: 230/370
- Combined: 270/435
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