After a couple failed returns, Norton is set to race in the upcoming Isle of Man TT with a race bike that features an Aprilia RSV4 engine and proprietary chassis (does that remind you of anything?). Sponsored by Monster Energy, at the helm of the still unnamed Norton will be top be the TT Privateer’s Champion Ian Mackman, who will race in the Seniors TT on June 8th (the first time a Norton has been in the Senior TT since 1992).
The new Norton is a bit of a departure from the British company’s last race bike, the rotary motor-powered Norton NRV588. Unable to race the NRV588 in the 2009 Isle of Man TT, the new Norton is surely a byproduct of the firm’s heavily rumored MotoGP entry, as it fits very well within the premier class claiming rule team (CRT) provisions.
Built using a Spondon chassis, the Norton TT bike has Öhlins suspension both front and back, Brembo monoblocs, and of course the RSV4 motor. Virtually every other part, from the wheels, to the throttle bodies, to the bodywork was made in house at Norton, making this a truly unique motorcycle. Norton has also partnered with Active Technologies Limited for the fuelling system and electronic package, while the team will operate with their traditional polished aluminium tank.
“It is a huge honour to be riding a Norton at the Isle of Man TT Races, following such iconic names in competing on the Mountain Course,” said rider Ian Mackman. “It will be an incredible experience and I’m confident that we can do justice to this legendary company.”
Source: Isle of Man TT