Monday, 12 February 2018

Britten V-1000

Britten V-1000

Racebikes are not usually considered style classics.  As the name suggests, they are built, first and foremost, to win races - not design awards!

An exception to the rule was the Britten V-1000.  Pop Art on wheels, its sleek curves were dual-purpose.  Visually stunning, they also cut cleanly through air.  That led to a top speed of 185mph!

But, the V-1000's virtuosity went beyond aerodynamics. Its fuel-injected engine, too, was nothing, if not innovative.  Take, for example, its computerised management system.  Heady stuff in 1995!  All this applied research and development was by John Britten - and his tiny team of engineers.  Tragically, Britten lost his battle with cancer at just 45.  We will never know what future two-wheeled projects he would have dreamed up!

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