Is Curtiss Bikes’ newest electrical prototype actually in manufacturing? Relies upon who you ask. (Curtiss Bikes/)
It’s semi-official—the Curtiss Zeus Radial V8 is in manufacturing. Virtually.
Curtiss unveiled its newest Zeus incarnation, the Radial V8, at The Quail Motorsports Gathering over the weekend. (Curtiss Bikes/)
Final Friday marked a big step in that route, anyway, with Curtiss Bikes and Quick Radius saying their partnership to create the futuristically styled and progressive Zeus V8 electrical bike. The design is eye-popping, highlighted by a sweeping aluminum monocoque body holding eight banks of cylindrical battery packs flaring out from a central terminal within the center, organized in a vee. Curtiss designer Jordan Cornille defined the reasoning behind the electrical “V8” powertrain, saying, “With the battery cells packaged inside eight cylindrical towers configured in a flaring radial ‘V’ sample, we’re…in a position to obtain most battery cooling effectivity.”
The brand new Zeus prototype arranges its battery cells as eight splayed cylindrical models, primarily for cooling effectivity but in addition as a result of it seems cool that manner. (Curtiss Bikes/)
The swooping chassis consists of 1.75-inch titanium/chrome-moly tubular and 6061 aluminum, giving that distinctive battery association structural assist but in addition preserving weight all the way down to a claimed 460 kilos. Wheelbase is acknowledged at a cruiser-y 63.5 inches, and a double-wishbone parallelogram fork with machined aluminum girders is fitted with a totally adjustable Race Tech monoshock with 6 inches of journey.
Whereas Curtiss says the Zeus Radial V8 powertrain remains to be being optimized, it estimates an influence output of 217 hp and 147 pound-feet of torque, flowing via a proprietary controller and axial motor bundle. Curtiss tasks battery capability to be a hefty 16.Eight kWh at 399 volts, however there is not any point out of vary or any charging specs. Regardless, this sculpture rolling on 18-inch BST carbon fiber wheels will simply stand out as a singular entry in an more and more crowded e-market.
Final 12 months’s Zeus Idea Prototype gained the Most Progressive Motorbike award at The Quail Motorbike Gathering in 2018, however the design has come a good distance since then. (Curtiss Bikes/)
Eventually 12 months’s The Quail Motorbike Gathering, Leeds, Alabama-based Curtiss confirmed its Zeus Idea Prototype, which used a 14.four kWh lithium-ion battery pack to energy the world’s first E-twin powerplant—a set of two high-output electrical motors driving a typical output shaft. That imaginative and prescient gained the present’s prestigious Most Progressive Motorbike award.
Curtiss bumped into some manufacturing points on the V8 prototype and enlisted the assistance of Quick Radius for troubleshooting and manufacturing options. (Curtiss Bikes/)
The newest redesign goes in one other route fully, referencing the powertrain from Glenn Curtiss’ record-setting 1907 V-Eight bike and using a extra skeletal angle. The Zeus Eight prototype was proven for the primary time publicly on the 2019 Quail Motorbike Gathering on August 16, and a significant launch occasion was deliberate, however in response to Quick Radius, “…bumped into challenges sourcing elements for the prototype.”
The advanced elements on the bike proved tough to fabricate, with CNC suppliers quoting lengthy lead instances and issue with high quality necessities. The Zeus Eight launch was quick approaching, so Curtiss turned to Quick Radius, a number one manufacturing service supplier, to guage the necessities. The top consequence was a hybrid answer that comprised three separate manufacturing processes and produced greater than 60 elements and elements for the electrical scorching rod.
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Each corporations say the Zeus is now on observe for industrial availability in 2020, and will combine different progressive processes alongside the best way, like designing and engineering the seat and grips with industrial-grade Three-D printing expertise. Though the Quick Radius launch states that they’re “…already in manufacturing on the primary 100 Zeus Eight bikes,” designer Jordan Cornille sounded a extra cautionary tone. “We’ve some validation work to finish earlier than last manufacturing begins. Deliveries are anticipated to start late spring 2020,” he advised us.
The Curtiss Zeus Radial V8 will promote for $75,000 and, in response to the web site, will function the model’s first entry into the so-called “hyper-luxury bike house.” (See extra particulars at Curtiss’ web site.
The newest addition to Curtiss’ electrical bike lineup is the $75,000 Hades, revealed in July and penned by legendary Accomplice Wraith and Hellcat designer JT Nesbitt. (Curtiss Bikes/)
If Curtiss is aiming to “create sustainable, fascinating, intergenerational, imply, clear, and inexperienced future-proof hot-rod bikes,” the brand new Zeus definitely embodies the final a part of that phrase. It is also simply one in every of a number of designs (or divisions) within the firm, with the brand new Hades taking up a bullet-like battery/motor construction, whereas the decrease priced Eros and Psyche provide much less brawny specs at a decrease buy-in. The latter can be closest to manufacturing, and it’s additionally the mannequin Curtiss has nakedly acknowledged is supposed to compete with the Harley LiveWire (and is priced equally).
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The Psyche and Eros fashions are positioned at a lower cost level and carry smaller spec numbers; the 46–96 hp Psyche is confirmed for manufacturing and priced at $30,000. It’s instantly aimed on the Harley LiveWire, says Curtiss. (Curtiss Bikes/)
Quick Radius goes on to say, “Each corporations count on to collaborate on future iterations of the Zeus, in addition to Curtiss’ upcoming fashions together with Hades, Psyche, and Eros.” If turnaround is as fast and environment friendly because the Zeus Radial V8, we may see these bikes before we expect.
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The Hera mannequin, revealed in December, additionally provides an electrical twist on V-Eight structure with an eight-piece battery pack organized in a modified V formation powering an E-twin motor. (Curtiss Bikes/)
The inspiration behind the most recent fashions is Glenn Curtiss’ 1907 record-setting V-Eight bike. (Curtiss Bikes/)
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