ERJ staff report (TP)
Brussels, Belgium – Bridgestone has formed a technical partnership with Saroléa, the Belgian motorcycle brand and designer of the Saroléa SP7 electric superbike, revealed for the first time on 26 April at the Mettet circuit in Belgium during the Speed Trophy.
Under the deal, Bridgestone will provide technical support and tire expertise for Saroléa’s track testing and “ambitious” racing plans which debut in 2014.
Proving that green doesn’t mean slow, the electric machine shifts from 0 to 100 kph in 2.8 seconds, on its way to 250 kph at full throttle. To harness this power Bridgestone will fit the SP7 with Battlax V02 racing slicks, constructed with its latest ‘GP belt’ technology. Saroléa’s 2014 racing agenda includes the TT Zero Challenge at the Isle of Man TT series, the world’s most prestigious motorcycle races, and the FIM eRoadRacing world cup series.
Bridgestone said: “The partnership initiative is seeded from [our] commitment to a future with sustainable mobility. This is underpinned by the Corporation’s long-term environmental vision which focuses on ecological conservation, resource conservation and reduction of CO2 emissions.”
Founded in Belgium in 1850, Saroléa manufactured arms and bicycles before becoming one of the world’s first motorcycle brands. It gained a “worldwide reputation in racing”, where it developed and tested innovative technologies.
Now, more than 50 years after Saroléa closed its factory gates, this rebirth with an electric drive train marks the brand’s “dramatic” return to the world stage. The new Saroléa SP7 electric superbike is built around an “innovative” carbon fibre monotube chassis and "ultra-efficient" axial flux motor powered 100 percent by battery.
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Press release from Bridgestone