5-May-1997

BRITTEN MOTORCYCLES EXPANDS

Having completed an 18-month phase of consolidation as a manufacturer of the world's most innovative four-stroke racer, New Zealand's Britten Motorcycle Company Ltd is preparing to expand its role as a prototype design studio.

Says company manager Perry Rees: "In the past 18 months the Britten Motorcycle Company has confirmed its existence as a self funded company specialising in motorcycle design and small-run manufacturing, backed up by worldwide racing successes financed by sponsorship and a thriving merchandising arm.

"It is from this string of proven race results, reliability and performance on the world's most demanding circuits that we can launch the next phrase of our business development."

The Christchurch-based company is ready to take on contracted design work ranging form single componentry to a complete motorcycle.

Says Perry Rees:"Developing three generations of the V1000 racer has brought together a pool of design and development talent that has been moulded into a tight and efficient structure."

"The result has been the creation of a thriving, locally-based business with international recognition, contracts, support and following.

What started out in the late 1980s as a hobby racing effort is now a stand-alone operation. Commercialisation is the inevitable phase we must go through to stamp the Britten marque in the international marketplace against those we have challenged and beaten on the racetrack."

The radical, girder-forked, 60-deg V-twin, Britten V1000 racer, which shot to prominence with stunning performances against major factory entrants at Daytona's speedbowl racetrack in 1992, has been continuously developed by technicians and riders at the Britten Motorcycle Company.

The V1000 racer pioneered the use of carbon fibre in stressed componentry, ram-air induction, aerodynamics, and showed major factories how a big-bore, high-revving V-twin engine could be a reliable powerplant.

Further improvement of it's power output, reliability and handling have been proved again in the past year at the gruelling Isle of Man TT races and, most recently, with emphatic victories in the two major support races at the Daytona 200 meeting. As well the V1000 has won events in Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, both as a factory racer and as a customer entrant.

Says Perry Rees: "There are now five Britten V1000 racers competing around the world. The company contracts a range of services to Britten owners, including race preparation of machines, riders contracts and trackside technical support anywhere in the world.

These services, built up and costed out over the past two years, allows the Britten Motorcycle Company to keep the marque to the fore in its racing class against some fomidable odds and competition around the world.