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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Factor 001 Bike! - a mere $30,000.00


A high performance bicycle, created and built by motorsport precision
engineering specialists, BERU f1systems, will be revealed at the launch of the
Science Museum’s new free exhibition “Fast Forward: 20 ways F1TM is
changing our world” next week (March 11th). Factor 001 – a ground-breaking
training tool combining innovative design and advanced electronics –
promises to challenge the way athletes and serious enthusiasts use the
bicycle and undertake fitness training.
Factor 001 is the result of a creative project to explore the transfer of design
approaches, technology and materials from Formula One (where BERU
f1systems is a supplier of various components such as electronics and
composites to every team) to mankind’s most enduring invention. The bike is
a lightweight (under 7 kg including all equipment) carbon fibre monocoque
structure, designed using the same powerful modelling and analysis software
used to build Formula One cars. The on-board computer and performance
monitoring system, incorporating various motorsport-grade sensors, a GPS
and a radio transmitter, are integrated into the handlebars and throughout the
bike. Factor 001 boasts what are believed to be many firsts for the cycling
world:
Multi-channel electronics package which provides unique ergonometric
data collection, logging and analysis capabilities; can correlate biometric
data from the rider, physical force data from the bike and environmental
data; developed with feedback from professional athletes.
Carbon ceramic brakes provide endless, exact braking performance at
any temperature.
Almost all original parts; key components designed and manufactured inhouse
from Formula One-grade materials.
Fully integrated structure using BERU f1systems’ Wire-in-Composite
patented technology; load sensors, wiring, batteries, sensors, control
cables and lines for the hydraulic braking system are all fully integrated into
the composite during construction, to give unparalleled efficiency and
durability with a clean, uncluttered appearance.
Twin-spar frame reduces sideways frame flex and preserves rider comfort.
8-spoke monocoque composite wheels deliver high lateral stiffness and
robustness for everyday use.
Bespoke made-to-measure frame (to within 1mm); each customer to
experience Formula One-style ‘seat fit’ process.
“I am very pleased that what started as a ‘clean sheet’ design exercise to
showcase our expertise in composites and electronics has delivered such a
beautifully styled, scientific training device,” says John Bailey, managing
director of BERU f1systems. “Athletes and their trainers now have access to
performance enhancement capabilities that are the norm in top-level
motorsport, and individuals interested in an exclusive, high end, differentiated
bicycle now have a serious alternative.”
Factor 001 will appeal to professional and semi-professional athletes
competing at the highest levels in cycling and other sports; as well as
personal trainers, fitness camp organisers, and affluent fitness training
enthusiasts. One of the key benefits of the bike for riders is its ability to collect
laboratory-quality data, while being ridden outdoors. BERU f1systems is
already in talks with various sporting bodies about future applications of the
data measurement software. Factor 001 is available to order from BERU
f1systems now. Pricing will start at under £20,000 while the full version with
the software package will cost in excess of £20,000.

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