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From four wheels to two: Lotus launches new track bike



Lotus may be most-well known as a manufacturer of lightweight sportscars, but it also has a lesser known but equally impressive pedigree in competitive track cycling. It’s a pedigree which the UK company has revived this week with the unveiling of a new track bike designed for the Great Britain Cycling Team.
From four wheels to two: Lotus launches new track bike
(Image via Lotus).

Expected to be used at next summer’s Tokyo Olympics, the bike will be making its competitive debut this weekend. Developed by Lotus in conjunction with Hope Technology, the bike has been tested in secret over the past couple of weeks.

The two companies involved in the project were responsible for the development of specific parts of the bike. The frame has been developed by Hope Technology whilst Lotus has designed the unique front fork design and handlebars.
GB Cycling's new steed is thanks to a collaboration between Lotus Engineering and Hope Technologies.
(Image via Lotus).

The opportunity to create the bike came following the 2016 Olympics, when the UCI – cycling’s governing body – changed the rules on bike development. What followed was a programme of wind tunnel evaluation, plus testing to maximise the strength while minimising the weight. Lotus also worked on improving stiffness and front end feel to improve rider confidence. The result is the stunning bike you see on this page.
Hope Technologies developed the frame whilst Lotus focused on the forks and steering elements of the new track bike
(Image via Lotus).

As mentioned at the top of this article, Lotus has a highly successful history in cycling through its Lotus Engineering division. In the nineties, Lotus was instrumental in the design and development of Lotus Sport bikes for cycling legend Chris Boardman at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where he won gold, and in the 1994 Tour de France, where he won the prologue time trial to take the famous yellow jersey.
Thanks to rule changes Lotus has been able to push the aerodynamics of their new track bike to the limit
(Image via Lotus).

Hope Technologies’ track record is equally impressive. For over 30 years the company has been designing, creating, manufacturing and testing innovative components for bikes at its Lancashire HQ. Countless British bikes and riders have benefitted from Hope products and today the business exports around half of its output.

Commenting on the bike, Tony Purcell, Head of Technology for the Great Britain Cycling Team, said:

“It’s a dream team of engineering prowess – Hope Technology bring high quality manufacturing standards and Lotus Engineering is renowned for lightweight design and outstanding aerodynamic efficiency. Both have been supported and advised by additive manufacturing experts Renishaw, who have ensured that Lotus and Hope have access to the most modern and fastest turnaround process from design to usable pieces.”
If testing is successful you'll be able to see the Lotus track bike in action at next summer's Tokyo Olympics
(Image via Lotus).

The bike faces on final hurdle however. To qualify to be ridden at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the bike’s design must be approved by the UCI and it must be ridden during the 2019/20 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup series by the Great Britain Cycling Team before the end of 2019.

If all goes well the engineering knowledge and expertise of Lotus and Hope could soon be helping the British cycling team sprint to victory!
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