Brough Superior Announces Moto2 Wildcard Entry at Silverstone with Carbon Fiber Bike

Brough Superior Carbon 2 2 photos
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Brough Superior Carbon 2
Things may also be on the move in the intermediate class, after iconic Brough Superior announced it will field a bike as a Moto2 wildcard entry in the English round. So we’re in for a most interesting debut of an English manufacturer in the GP series, on a historical, home track, but fielding a most modern machine which is expected to add some extra flavor to the sport.
While Brough Superior is a name which resonates with old-school retro bikes, the motorcycle Taylormade Racing and John Keogh designed and built has nothing to do with the two-wheelers of your, save for one aspect: high performance.

The new Brough Superior Carbon 2 design was aimed at trying to find new, better racing solutions to replace the already old and somewhat dull twin-spar aluminium chassis used during the past 3 decades or so. This new machine is built around a carbon fiber monocoque frame, with an integrated fuel tank, a very common choice when CF frames come into discussion. The swingarm is obviously a bespoke carbon fiber unit as well.

An interesting engineering solution for the front suspension brings a single wishbone design, with the forks taking care of the compression. The bike’s radiator was relocated in the back section, to allow better fitment of the engine, so this means that air will be channeled through ducts towards the tail radiator.

Formula 1 engineers John McQuilliam and Steve Nichols have also contributed to the design of the Brough Superior Carbon 2. The bike will be powered by a spec Honda 600cc engine, official sources add. Luke Mossey will be riding the Bennetts Brough Superior Carbon 2 rider,and he seems quite thrilled: “I can’t wait to race it. I’ve ridden it in California and really like the bike – it reminds me of riding my 250GP bikes. I’ve done well at Silverstone, it’s one of my favourite tracks, so think we can be competitive even though have had less track time than our competitors. Roll on August!”

The Grand Prix championship will be in the UK on 29-31 August for the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
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