England and Wales registered manufacturer of “world’s most advanced electric motorcycle,” Arc Vehicle, has taken to crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to invite you to join the Arc family by investing in the company. Yes. Investing. Not to buy the £90,000 (approximately US$114,000) Arc Vector Electric Bike which is also open for reservation right now.
Born out of Jaguar Land Rover’s White Space, Arc’s first electric two-wheeler is currently undergoing durability testing and final design phase. The company’s Vector stakes claim as the “world’s most advanced motorcycle” has an impressive 436 kilometers (270 miles) range (combine urban and ex-urban), charges in 40 minutes, weighs just just 220 kilograms (or about 485 lbs), makes the century sprint (0-62 mph) in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).
But those are just garden variety of the specifications. What really makes Vector futuristic is the rider information system, a Human Machine Interface (HMI), called Arc Pilot System. Arc Pilot System provides rider with feedback and notifications through Origin armor and jacket system, featuring the Pilot System’s haptic and Arc Zenith helmet outfitted with projection-based Head-up Display (HUD). The helmet also features an integral rear camera which can project live feed on the HUD whenever it detects anything in the rider’s blind spot.
The whole idea is to enable the rider to be aware of the surrounding. Imagine a “tap” (via haptic feedback, of course) on the shoulder to inform the rider that it is his/her left hand turn, or a full body “sensation” as a gentle reminder to the rider that he/she may be pushing a little too hard on a rainy day. As for the bike itself, it is powered by a 399V electric motor that provides 133 horsepower and turns out 148 Nm (109 lb-ft) of torque.
Further noteworthy mentions include fast charging through CCS DC charger, bespoke colors and finish across the seat, top panel and more, chassis battery monocoque in full carbon fiber, advanced intelligent LED lighting, direct connection scissor and upper wishbone, carbon upright doubles as fender and control arm, carbon fiber swing arms, Öhlins TTX suspension front and rear, hub center steering, Brembo Stylema Brake Calipers and Discs with ABS, clutches single gear transmission, traction control, adaptive regeneration, and electable ride and environment modes.
Each Arc Vector Electric Bike will be personalized for individual owner and handcrafted in Britain at its St. Athan facility in South Wales. It is not clear when it will be available. However, your investment, if you decided to do so, will be directed to the opening of the Arc St. Athan in 2020. That said, we are pretty sure Vector won’t be zipping the roads until at least 2021.
Only 399 units of Arc Vector are planned.
Images: Arc Vehicle.