A team of Belgian entrepreneurs has resurrected a storied motorcycle brand to create an electric racing bike that will compete in the 2014 TT Zero race on the Isle of Man at the end of May, and also in the FIM eRoadRacing world cup series.
Saroléa was one of the first producers of motorcycles in the world when it started building bikes at its Belgian factory in the 1800s. It built a wide range of two-wheelers, including some famous racing champions, before going out of business in 1963.
The reinvented company, Saroléa Racing, has little in the way of obvious links to the past. Its SP7 electric racing bike is as futuristic as you please. The monotube frame, skin, fairing and swingarm are made from carbon fiber – unpainted, which gives it a threatening, bad-boy look.
The battery pack and 130 kW (180 hp) axial flux motor are liquid-cooled. Torque is 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), and weight is 200 kg. The machine is said to do 100 km/hr in 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of 250 kph (155 mph).
Image courtesy of Saroléa Racing Team