Triumph Speed Triple – Russell Motorcycles

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If you could go into the future to see which motorcycles would become classics you could make a hell of a fortune; if I had a DeLorean and some Plutonium I’d give it a try. Those who’d picked up Honda CX500s or BMW R series bikes for pocket change are now cleaning up and if you’d mothballed a Z1, a K0 or a CBX you can now add an extra zero to what you paid for it. Of course it’s never that easy or we’d all be rich but with Triumph going from strength to strength the early Hinckley Trumpets could be one of the future classics to keep an eye on. Fresh from their Ducati Scrambler success at World Ducati Week Russell Motorcycles are back with an old friend, a 1998 Triumph Speed Triple, that’s now a retro racer.

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Main man at Russell Motorcycles Eduardo Iglesias must have known Triumph were on to a good thing when the Speed Triple was released as he picked this one up nearly new in 2000. Before the current era of super nakeds had even arrived the Speed Triple was part of a new line-up of Triumphs that were getting the company back in the black. But after a few years of thrashing the tasty triple around he sold it to riding buddy Alberto who has been part of the original riding crew before the company was even conceived. He’s been blasting it around himself, always with half an idea to do something a little different with it. “Ever since he has been waiting the chance to remake it. This past summer, he had a crash with it so he came to me and said: “do whatever you want with it, freestyle!” explains Ed. So freestyle he did and Ed and Dani started to draw up plans of exactly what direction to take and when they settled on retro racer they were pot committed.

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It makes a lot of sense on a crashed bike that has largely received only cosmetic damage, to replace the body work or leave it off altogether. Simply to fit up standard fairings again would seem a waste to any true customiser and it wasn’t a path the boys ever considered. With all the busted bits removed and the trellis frame fully exposed the rear subframe was ditched for a new item. Fabricated in-house it bolts to the factory mounts but is raised in height to give a more aggressive racer look and still allow for the battery and electronics to be hidden beneath. The frame was checked to ensure it hadn’t suffered any stress fractures in the crash and once given a clean bill of health the new subframe was bolted on and the whole lot painted black. Then it was time to start making moulds for the full array of fibreglass body work to give the bike that retro look. The tail section was the first piece created and the lines are straight from the ’70s GP paddock with a faint resemblance to the Kawasaki’s of Mick Grant.

With the stock tank still in good condition and containing all the pieces for the engine’s fuel injection it made sense to keep it on the bike, so the tail-piece comes all the way to where the tank meets the frame. The front end at first glance is not dissimilar to many of the fairings you see from the period but this one-off piece has a few tricks up its sleeve. First it had to be designed to work with the Triumph’s parameters to allow for easy bolt up and steering that was free to move lock to lock. Plus being a bike designed for the street, Ed made the two openings that allow the fitment of a pair of twin headlights that give the classic Le Mans enduro styling. But it’s the Triumph’s smile that gives this Speed Triple a unique touch; mounted right at the front and out in the cold air, the oil cooler takes pride of place and has been given a subtle black grille to help keep the stones from punching a hole in its guts.

With the glass out of the moulds it was time to lay down the paint and it’s here that a race look bike can really be won or lost. Thankfully like all their builds this is an area where Russell Motorcycles excels and if Triumph had fielded a factory team in the period this could well have been their colours. The lime green is the original colour of the Speed Triple and was the hue that grabbed all the attention when the model was released, so cleverly this has been retained. Broken up with bold blocks of black and white the colours are separated with razor-sharp lines in all three colours for a more intricate take on basic pinstriped race graphics. “The words it has in the fuel tank “lo que ves es lo que hay” is a tattoo Alberto has on his leg that means “what you see is what you get” and the number seven is also another tattoo that he has in memory of Raul the soccer player of Real Madrid.”

But what really gets the rider going, why Ed bought the bike in the first place and gave Triumph such a financial boost is that high-compression, fuel injected, big bore triple engine. The very first ride had MCN fawning “There’s nothing on earth quite like the fruity and fast second generation Triumph triple. As you might hope, this layout is a happy compromise between the easy, flexible torque of a twin and the free revving power of a four.” With the factory muffler destroyed in the crash it was the perfect excuse for Ed to fit up a GP style rear can that gives the Triumph the throat it deserves to let the world hear that triple scream. To add a little more racing feel to Alberto’s experience the traditional handlebars have also been changed over to clip-ons to give a more sporty riding position. With the stock instrument cluster hiding behind the new Perspex screen all the information the rider needs is available and a set of adjustable levers with lime green clickers is a neat touch.

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To keep things road legal for his mate so that he can join them on every cruise Ed made sure to fit up minimalist turn signals front and rear, with a dual tail light setup a racers touch in the bid for street legality. For the Russell Motorcycles team the reaction of the customer is everything. “You see that the bike is really personal and we are very proud that he is clear he is not going to sell it” with Alberto more than happy to confirm that fact “There may be others, but this one will never go…” Now all that’s left to do is contemplate whether Russell Motorcycles have shown the potential of the early Speed Triples to be a future classic, to me it’s a definite yes and I’ve already opened the classifieds in hope of that unicorn like low KM, one lady owner example that must be out there!

 

via: Pipeburn

Black box in cars! Germany plans a legislation making ‘black box’ mandatory for autonomous cars

The fatal crash of a Tesla Model S car in its autopilot mode has increased the pressure on industry executives and regulators to ensure that automated driving technology can be deployed safely.

Germany plans new legislation to require manufacturers of cars equipped with an autopilot function to install a black box to help determine responsibility in the event of an accident, transport ministry sources told Reuters on Monday.

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Black box flight recorder for illustrative purpose

The fatal crash of a Tesla Model S car in its autopilot mode has increased the pressure on industry executives and regulators to ensure that automated driving technology can be deployed safely.

Under the proposal from Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt, drivers will not have to pay attention to traffic or concentrate on steering, but must remain seated at the wheel so they can intervene in the event of an emergency.

Manufacturers will also be required to install a black box that records when the autopilot system was active, when the driver drove and when the system requested that the driver take over, according to the proposals.

The draft is due to be sent to other ministries for approval this summer, a transport ministry spokesman said.

Germany is home to some of the world’s largest car companies including Volkswagen Group, Daimler and BMW Group and the government wants the industry to become a global player in the market for self-driving vehicles.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said in April the industry should draw up a wish list for Berlin to help develop self-driving vehicles, ideally with a timetable.

Companies around the globe are working on prototypes for self-driving vehicles, but such cars are not expected to be available for the mass market before 2020.

via: ANE

Automotive Startups: Accelerator program for startups working on future of mobility

Daimler partnered with Plug n Play Tech Center of Silicon Valley, Stuttgart University and ARENA2036 to establish Startup Autobahn at Stuttgart with aim to support both the hardware and software startups of Auto industry. What is this STARTUP AUTOBAHN? Let’s have a look at the video below ⇓

Daimler is establishing STARTUP AUTOBAHN, the new startup ecosystem in Stuttgart. “In contrast to Silicon Valley with its software focus, with STARTUP AUTOBAHN both software and, above all, hardware-oriented projects are to be in the foreground. We are warmly welcoming international as well as local startups”, says Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “Whether it’s the USA, China, India or Germany – for a long time now we have been focusing the strengths of various world regions with our global research and development network. But our roots are and remain here in the strong industrial region of Baden-Württemberg. Therefore this region must retain and continue to strengthen its huge appeal for innovation and inventive spirit in future, too.” To this end further local firms and medium-sized businesses will be able to join the STARTUP AUTOBAHN project in the future.

“We are charting new territory and will continue to further our innovative culture through the additional impulses from the startup scene. The fast and uncomplicated cooperation with top talents from the startup scene will open up a further way for us to use the chances digitization offers”, says Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management, Personnel Director, IT & Mercedes-Benz Vans at Daimler AG.

STARTUP AUTOBAHN – full speed ahead in Stuttgart

Stuttgart is one of the world’s leading automotive and high-tech regions and thus offers the ideal prerequisites for startups”, says Saeed Amidi, CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center. “Together with our strong partners Daimler, the University of Stuttgart and ARENA2036, startups, local companies and venture capitalists have optimum opportunities to find each other here at STARTUP AUTOBAHN.” Through the cooperation with Plug and Play, STARTUP AUTOBAHN is highly networked with the German startup community in places all over the world, such as Silicon Valley and Berlin.

Startups from all over the globe are invited to apply with immediate effect for the STARTUP AUTOBAHN accelerator scheme. Following the application phase around 25 startups will be invited to the Selection Day on 14 July 2016. The winners will be accepted onto the accelerator scheme, in which they will be prepared for the Expo-Day for three to six months within the framework of special coaching and with support from mentors. As part of the STARTUP AUTOBAHN’s accelerator scheme, the CoWorking Space and Hardware Lab will be at the startups’ disposal in the ARENA2036 research factory. At the Expo-Day the pioneers might get the chance of their life: this is where they will be pitching to investors, in order to be able to develop their ideas.

Hardware Lab for innovations without borders

The Hardware Lab in ARENA2036 is a large high-tech workshop (approx. 1500 m2), containing equipment such as tools, machines, 3D printers and software for building prototypes and small series production. In addition to this, the aim is to accelerate the development process with supporting services such as legal and tax advice, professional help with financial planning and project management. Straightforward networking with partners from business, research and politics, plus contact with investors, potential customers and mentors will also be among the services offered to the startups.

About Plug and Play Tech Center

The Plug and Play Tech Center has over 20 locations in Silicon Valley, Germany, Spain, Singapore, China and Brazil, making it one of the biggest and most experienced accelerator operators. Having looked after more than 2000 startups since it was founded ten years ago, Plug and Play has grown with a technical focus and venture capitals to become the world’s largest global accelerator. Plug and Play organizes over 365 events all over the world every year in order to network startups and investors and operates also as an investor.

About ARENA2036

The highly technologised ARENA2036 with its area of 10,000 m2 as a research campus is a new form of cooperation in which renowned partners from science and industry research innovative subject areas related to automotive production of the future under the same roof as the startups. A unique high-tech centre is being created in the heart of the economic region of Baden-Württemberg. The name “ARENA2036” stands for “Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles”. By the year 2036, the 150th anniversary of the car, the stated aims are to be implemented at the ARENA2036 research campus, thus paving the way for the automotive engineering of the future.

Daimler at a glance

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses, and Daimler Financial Services divisions, the Group is one of the leading global suppliers of premium cars and is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. Daimler Financial Services offers financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance, investments and credit cards as well as innovative mobility services.

The company founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history by inventing the automobile in 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today by focusing on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior vehicles that captivate and inspire. Daimler consistently invests in the development of alternative drive trains – from hybrid cars to full electric vehicles with battery and fuel cell – to enable zero-emission driving for the long term. Moreover, the company is actively promoting accident-free driving and intelligent networking all the way through to driverless cars. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.

Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North andSouth America, Asia and Africa.

In addition to Mercedes-Benz, the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, and Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach, Daimler’s current brand portfolio includes smart, Frieghtliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses, as well as the Daimler Financial services brands Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz Financial, Daimler Truck Financial, moovel and car2go. The company is listed on the Frankfurt and Stuttgart stock exchanges (ticker symbol DAI). In 2014, the group had 279,972 employees and sold over 2.5 million vehicles. Revenue totalled €129.9 billion and EBIT amounted to €10.8 billion.

source : media.daimler.com

Hero MotoCorp to phase out all the models under licensing agreement with Honda

Ignitor, Impulse, Passion xPro, Maestro are going to be phased out by April 2017

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India’s largest two-wheeler maker, Hero MotoCorp will terminate sales of some of its models like the Maestro, Ignitor, Impulse and Passion xPro which were acquired under a licensing agreement with former partner Honda. The discontinuation will happen by the end of the current financial year.

According to Hero, they has achieved a significant milestone by launching the all-new Splendor iSmart 110. The automaker believes it has sufficient capability to develop new products for global customers. Hero has already got the Maestro Edge to replace the older version of the Maestro while sales of two-wheelers like the Ignitor, Impulse and Passion xPro is limited.

Recently the company launched its first in-house designed and developed motorcycle, the Splendor iSmart 110, which has a price tag of Rs. 53,000/- (ex-showroom, Delhi). Also, the company is looking at replacing its old models with new models developed on its own new technology.

The Hero Splendor iSmart 110 comes with an all-new engine developed at the company’s innovation centre in Jaipur. Hero MotoCorp has designed the new chassis and body for the new Splendor which results in savings on royalty payments to Honda.

The world’s largest selling 2-wheeler brand is planning to enter 50 new markets while setting up 20 manufacturing facilities across the globe, targeting an annual turnover of Rs. 60,000 crores by the end of this decade. However, due to some uncertain economic conditions in Africa, Latin and Central America, Hero MotorCorp has been facing some heat in its global ambitions.