Norton Working on 1,000cc V4 for MotoGP

01/28/2011 @ 11:02 am, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

Norton, the Lazarus of motorcycling, continues to gain steam with its MotoGP project, as the latest news is that the British company is working on a 1,000cc V4 for its racing platform, which will debut in 2012 when the pinnacle of motorcycle racing reverts back to a liter bike capacity. Rumors had swelled that Spanish MotoGP hopeful Inmotec, who consistently fails to get its bike on the GP grid, could link up with Norton, likely in helping the British firm design its motor.

We don’t know if that partnership ever materialized, but MCN has snagged a CAD drawing of a Norton V4 motor that presumably is for the new GP bike. Initially the MotoGP race bike was expected to lay the tracks for a production sportbike, which could bode well for Norton fans who wanted something more than just a run-of-the-mill inline-four.

Norton has already made tremendous progress as a company in its short two years of rebirth under Stuart Garner. Just recently the British company announced that it had retained Pierre Terblanche, which virtually guarantees a unique design coming forth from the historic brand. Norton has also begun setting up shop in the United States, appointing former Ducati CEO Dan Van Epps to head the branch.

Despite the motorcycle industry’s near apocalypse, Norton has been flourishing with growth. Time will tell if the Brits can hold onto the momentum they’ve generated, but it certainly be exciting to watch. Stay tuned Norton fans.

Source: MCN & MotoMatters

  • Welcome back Norton! That Commando they are making looks awesome.

  • akatsuki

    I’d rather they spent more time developing the NRV…

  • RSVDan

    Best of luck to ’em! It’s a tough nut to crack, but it sounds like they have the passion to pull it off, and from what I hear, Stuart Garner has some exceptionally deep pockets and can afford to throw the kind of funds at this project that it will take to see it to fruition.

    I for one would love to see the black & gold circulating a GP track again!

  • RSVDan

    Anyone else take a good long look at that CAD drawing? I blew it up as large as the resolution would allow. I may be looking at things wrong, but it sure looks to me like the rear cylinder bank’s conrods are connecting to the front cylinder bank instead of directly to the crank and is utilizing a very wonky v-angle. The rear cylinder appear to be angled much further back and lay over the top of the trans/accessories.

    If I’m correct, this could turn out to be one very unique power plant!

    Or I could just need new glasses.

  • Tom

    No one in the US can kick ass at this rate of speed?

  • Areion

    The camshafts appear to be gear driven. The rear cylinder connecting rods connect to the crankshaft as usual. I think what RSVDan is seeing are the gears leading up to the camshafts of the front cylinder bank. It is a narrow V-angle engine, certainly not 90 degrees. Looks like variable inlet geometry as well. Overall, appears to be a cross between Aprilia RSV4 and Ducati Desmosedici engines, although the cylinder heads appear far too compact to incorporate desmodromics.

  • Jaybond

    They are in for some tough job. I’d rather see Norton produce a brand new superbike, and compete in the WSBK arena first before even thinking of MotoGP . Unless, the new Norton NRV rotary engine found it’s way into a road going superbike and Norton will race it in WSBK – that could be another story.
    Despite the MotoGP’s glitz & glamour , the risk will be huge , especially for a small company like Norton.