Arc's new electric 'Vector' teases us with high-tech gear
Arc vehicle has seemed to pop out of nowhere. The Twitter page was only set up in September and the company set up 18 months ago, yet they show a new electric-powered, futuristic Café Racer bike - and clearly, it's a right looker. Not much information is freely known about this company and its electric bike.
This dream was conceptualised by Mark Truman, former head of Jaguar Land Rover's Whitespace department - a place where dreams and crazy ideas can materialise. The project has been running for two years already, using resourceful, skilled individuals for his team - including a MotoGP chief engineer and a bunch of analysis specialists.
Even though the company Arc Vehicles has been around for a year and a bit, they have teased us enough about this bike. So, what is the deal with the Vector?
"The most fulfilling, safest and cleanest motorcycle – ever," Arc Vehicles claim. It's a bold statement for a bike we haven't even got a proper photo for yet, also no real technical specifications to go along with the shady photography. And if these teaser images are anything to go by it could be a looker.
This Neo Café Racer seems to boast different extras to other electric motorcycles on the market, but the ideas aren't new to the motoring world - even less new to the gaming industry. The bike will be sold or paired automatically with an HMI - a human-machine interface which normally comes in the form of a suit and helmet.
The suit or jacket, in this case, will be full of sensors that will work with and against the rider. The possible uses of this will be either positive or negative towards the rider - but always helpful, such as feeling more of the riding experience or the suit could tell you that a car is too close to hitting you. It could even help you improve your riding skills.
The helmet would be the best bit of this collection of futuristic tech. Never mind haptic feedback, having a HUD in the visor, telling you your speed, navigation map and so much much more made me squeal with excitement. This might be the most impressive and safe concept that Motorbikes will have in years to come - keeping it fun and cutting down biking deaths.
The Vector itself
Information on the motorcycle itself is sparse on the ground, even the photos that we have been given doesn't show a lot. What we can make of the photos is the front end seems to be pretty old school - a banana-shaped twin spar with a mono-shock. Maybe it's more retro in its neo-future styling?
Wheels, brake callipers and discs look normal and present day as well. That's not a bad thing really, nothing wrong with a good 330mm disc up-front with 4-piston callipers - possibly Brembo's with how the market is going.
Carbon fibre shapes the light, minimalistic bodywork for that futuristic edge look but it might serve more a technical purpose. Batteries can be still very heavy, especially with the output it will give, making it lighter and aerodynamic, give that edge that a lot of traditional bikes will dream of in years to come - being someone's pin-up poster.
Yes, it does. More and more information will come out in time - it's just a matter of waiting for tweets, press releases, show exhibitions and the odd countdown on the Arc Vehicle website is so, so weird. The company will be doing virtual reality experiences to immerse and inspire us. You can see these at EICMA (8-11 of November) and at the NEC motorcycle show (17-19 of November) this year.