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Norton Motorcycles to Return to Isle of Man TT 2009 with NRV 588 Rotary Race Bike
|Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 5:04pm||
Works Norton team returns to world famous TT races for the first time since 1993, demonstrating the new owners commitment to the brand's racing pedigree!
Norton Motorcycles will make its long awaited return to the legendary Isle of Man TT races in May 2009 after an absence of 16 years! In an historic deal, the brand was recently brought back to the UK after 15 years stateside by UK businessman, Stuart Garner.
Michael Dunlop, 20, son of the late motorcycle legend Robert Dunlop, will pilot the Norton NRV 588 Rotary Bike on its TT debut in the seniors race over the notorious 37¾ mile circuit. Michael says: “This is a fantastic opportunity to make history with Norton's return to one of the world's most famous races - a real highlight of the racing calendar. It means a lot to me as I will be following in my father's bike tracks as he finished third on his JPS Norton when he competed in 1990.”
Stuart Garner, chief executive at Norton Motorcycles says: “This is the first time since 1993 that a works Norton team has raced at the TT. We have a fantastic racing pedigree with the brand established over 100 years ago and our aim is to emulate the success Norton race bikes achieved particularly in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The 588cc Norton race bike has been developed over the last year by Brian Crighton and the Spondon Engineering team, led by Stuart Tiller. We are confident that 2009 will prove to be a significant milestone in the history of this famous UK motorcycle brand.”
TT race organisers are thrilled at Norton's return. Hon Martyn Quayle MHK, Minister for Tourism and Leisure, Isle of Man Government says: “Having a Norton back in the TT is sensational news! It will truly be an historic occasion within the competitions history. They were a fabulous crowd pleaser and we have every confidence this will be the first of many successful races for the Norton team.”
Norton Motorcycles UK manufacturing plant is at Donington Park. The company plans to make handbuilt road-legal NRV588 bikes throughout 2009.
This NRV-588 has an advanced, up-to-date technical specification using computers to control all operations, but the general configuration is as follows:
- 588cc twin-rotor Wankel type
- Fuel injected, direct spray into both bell mouths
- Fully variable intake tract to peak maximum torque between 8000-11,000rpm
- Electric water pump
- Ducted fan air cooling for rotors
- Fly-by-wire throttle
- Projected at 170 BHP @ 11,500 RPM
- Max torque 80 Ibs ft, at variable rpm
- Twin spar aluminium, by Spondon
- Ohlins upside-down fork
- Ohlins specially made long-stroke single-sided direct connection unit
- AP Discs with radial mounted front callipers and rear 2 piston brake calliper.
- Dymag 16.5in
- 130kg (dry)
MORE INFO ON THE COMPANY, BIKE, AND FUTURE EVENTS
Special thanks to RN.COM members mick998 & Charles Wilson for letting us know of this very exciting Rotary project.
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