Newly announced British motorcycle maker Arc has launched its first model, the Vector, at Milan’s EICMA Motorcycle show.
The new bike, which is claimed by the Jaguar Land Rover-backed manufacturer to be “the most advanced electric motorcycle ever brought to market”, is wrapped in a futuristic body with post-modern styling nods to café racers past.
The one-piece, monocoque body is hand-built and is made from a lightweight carbon-composite structure that incorporates both the battery-module and much of the bike’s chassis. Additional details include carbon swingarms front and rear, custom-made Ohlins dampers, and Brembo brakes fixed to 17-inch BST wheels.
The entire package is said to tip the scales at 220 kg, which is around 60 kg lighter than comparable machines. “Vector has the best power-to-weight ratio of any electric motorcycle of its class by a considerable margin,” claims the company.
Performance-wise, the bike sprints from standstill to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 120 mph. In terms of range, the Vector’s power cell produces 399 units of voltage, which Arc says should deliver 200 miles in urban use and 120 miles on motorways – and which is claimed to be about 30% more than a comparable electric bike.
The company will further install a personal electric charger at the owner’s desired premises. Away from home, the Vector can be charged in 45 minutes at a quick charge point or service station.
The bike also comes with a specially designed ‘intelligent’ rider jacket that features haptic sensory technology, as well as a connected Head-Up Display (HUD) helmet “inspired by those of fighter pilots”.
Headquartered in Coventry, England, the idea for Arc was actually born out of Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘White Space” research lab that was previously headed by engineer Mark Truman, and who is now the largest shareholder in the nascent bike company.
“At White Space, we were asked to look at recreational EVs; vehicles that are less about A to B, more about A to C. We developed a business that would look into, initially, electric motorcycles. Jaguar Land Rover were unable to pursue it internally, but they loved the idea so much they asked us to pursue it outside with their support, which is when Arc was born,” explains Mark. “We would be well behind where we are now if we’d done it within a large corporate organisation. Jaguar Land Rover had the foresight to say this is a fantastic thing you’re agile and you have a vision – so take it outside and see what you can do.”
Work on Arc started two years ago, with Arc Vehicle Ltd becoming officially incorporated in April 2017. The company is now aiming to produce 399 motorcycles in its first year, the same figure as the batteries’ total voltage.
Packaged as a luxury, premium product, each bike will be riced at £90,000.