The Caterham Group is delighted to announce the formation of its very first motorcycle division.
The Caterham brand has always been about delivering accessible fun to motorists. We've spent the last 40 years perfecting the lightweight sportscar driving experience with our iconic Seven.
Now we want to share our passion for performance and affordable thrills with the biking community.
The launch of Caterham Bikes is a natural extension to the expanding Caterham Group since the purchase of the historic Caterham Cars brand in April 2011 by Tony Fernandes and Dato' Kamarudin Meranun.
The two-wheeled division joins Caterham F1 Team, Caterham Racing (GP2), Caterham Technology & Innovation, Caterham Composites and the latest arm, Caterham Moto Racing, in the rapidly growing Caterham family and we are proud to unveil our first three prototype products at EICMA 2013.
The Brutus 750 (dubbed the 'SUV of motorcycles'), Classic E-Bike (an all-electric bike with retro styling) and Carbon E-Bike (a premium bike with close ties to F1 through its use of composite materials) - will be launched throughout 2014 as part of the Group's strategy of growth through intelligent partnerships.
More new models will be announced next year as we strive to expand this exciting new arm of the Caterham business.
Distinctive, adaptable, fun and easy to ride, the Brutus 750 opens up a whole new world of motorcycling to the masses.
The Brutus 750 offers performance and assured handling, as well as the exciting ability to be all things to all riders - along with a slice of Caterham DNA, where excitement is just a twist of the throttle away.
With its ability to be an on-road bike, an off-road machine or even a snowmobile, the Brutus delivers the ultimate in flexibility and riding simplicity thanks to a 750cc single-cylinder engine that delivers its power through an automatic gearbox. This machine provides all the thrills of a motorcycle but with the simplicity of a twist-and-go scooter.
So don't let the raw, excitingly aggressive lines of the Brutus fool you. This is an ergonomically practical motorcycle, giving the rider comfort, while the chassis and powertrain - as well as that automatic transmission - means that this isn't a motorcycle whose performance can only be enjoyed by experienced riders. This is a machine on which ease-of-use means all the performance and enjoyment is accessible to both novice and seasoned riders alike.
The Brutus 750 offers the unique ability to be an attitude-laden road machine, conquering the urban jungle with ease or offer riders a real spirit of adventure as an off-road motorcycle, where the fun only begins when you venture off the beaten track. Then - in just a matter of hours - you can convert the Brutus 750 into an exciting snowmobile. All these transformations occur thanks to the Brutus 750's aftermarket conversion kit, or a swop of tyres, meaning riders can traverse sand, snow or tarmac, making the Brutus the first true multi-terrain motorcycle.
The Brutus 750 is a truly new-wave machine, melding the spirit of a motorcycle with the simplicity of the scooter and is the first motorcycle to truly offer simple fun and easy enjoyment on all terrains.
|Type||750cc, Single Cylinder, Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4 valves|
|Bore x Stroke||106mm x 85mm|
|Fuel Delivery||Siemens Fuel Injection|
|Fuel Capacity||10 litres|
|Transmission||Continuous Variable Transmission (C.V.T)|
|Front Suspension||Up-side down 43mm Hydraulic telescopic fork|
|Rear Suspension||Single shock, Compression and preload adjustment|
|Front Braking System||Dual 260mm discs with 4-piston calipers|
|Rear Braking System||Single 260mm discs with 4-piston calipers|
|Front Tyre||26 x 9 R14|
|Rear Tyre||26 x 10 R14|
|L x W x H||2150 x 800 x 1130 mm|
A classically-inspired design, but with a thoroughly modern twist, the Classic E-Bike is electric transport made easy and with more than a dash of traditional style.
The style itself comes from those classic lines. The golden age of British motorcycling is considered to be the 1920s through to the early 1960s and it's the first part of the 20th Century that inspires the look of the Classic E-Bike. Think back to those vintage times, a time when British motorcycles were the finest in the world. They had simple, elegant lines, curves filled with classic British racing colours detailed with pinstriping. The times were simpler and more carefree.
The Classic E-Bike gives you that traditional look, but with advanced materials used in its construction and a modern electric powerplant giving a range of 25-50 miles (40-80km) and the added freedom that, in the EU, the rider does not need to have a motorcycle licence.
Designer Alessandro Tartarini calls this a 'fusion vehicle', in which old and new are brought together in the 'future of tradition.' This is a design in which classic styling and traditional materials meet modern design and materials. The Classic E-Bike is powered by an emission-free motor and is part bicycle, part motorcycle but comes together as one, unique whole which can provide elegant, effort-free transport.
The beautiful lines of the Caterham Classic E-Bike do not sacrifice functionality. With the E-Bike consisting of an aluminium frame, the leather handle-bar grips are fixed to a traditional springer front fork, which also carries a modern front disc brake. The Shimano 3-speed hub gears give brisk acceleration and the centrally-mounted engine - designed to look like a classic V-twin layout - houses the 250 Watt motor.
The large 'fuel' tank doubles as a useful luggage space, in which the rider can stow personal items, or the battery charger for the 36 Volt battery pack. The wide seat is adjustable to three positions and provides comfort as do the large tyres: the size of which ensure a compliant ride over any road surface.
With its unique blend of vintage and modern, the Caterham Classic E-Bike is an elegant solution to modern transport woes.
|Front Brake||Disc brake|
|Rear Brake||Roller brake|
|Gear||Shimano Nexus 3 Speed|
|Motor||36 Volt, 250 Watt, brushless centre motor with torque sensor|
|Battery||Panasonic 36 Volt 12AH lithium battery with option to add a second pack|
|Dashboard||LED dashboard with battery status, speedo, trip meter and range|
|Wheels||Aluminium rim with stainless spokes|
|Tyres||26 x 4.00 balloon size|
|Dimension||L 210 X W 69 X H 98 (cm)|
|Seat height||90cm adjustable (in 3 positions)|
A modern machine, at the very cutting edge of both design and materials, this is a bike inspired by Caterham's F1 technology and with performance and handling at its very core.
Inspiration and materials from Caterham's exciting Formula One project have found their home in a radical machine which excites on levels of style, design and character. This exotic combination and the use of advanced techniques, allied with the creativity of Alessandro Tartarini has combined with Caterham's unique DNA to lead to the creation of an electric vehicle with a bold, futuristic look, but one with adaptable ergonomics and safety to the fore.
At the heart of the Carbon E-Bike is a 36-Volt, 250 Watt brushless motor, feeding its power through an eight-speed Shimano Nexus gear hub, with every gear ratio tuned for optimum acceleration.
The chassis is a work of art: featuring a Modular carbon-aluminium frame, in which three different frame sizes and flexible ergonomics technology means that the Caterham Carbon E-Bike will be uniquely adaptable to the size and shape of each rider. Carbon girder forks will keep the front-wheel where it needs to be - tracking true - while the mono-shocked rear-end ensures efficient delivery of the power to the Tarmac while all the time giving a compliant, plush ride.
Continuing the hi-tech theme, the LED dashboard will supply all the information the rider needs, with battery status display, speedometer, trip meter and battery range indicator. The wheels used on the Carbon E-Bike feature lightweight but strong aluminium rims, laced with stainless steel spokes. Attached to the wheels, the braking system is similarly robust, featuring modern disc brakes front and rear. Tyres will also be performance-based, with wide, fat tyres, impregnated with carbon-fibre for strength and integrity.
The result is a stunningly modern motorcycle with zero emissions but with a full fun quota as standard and with Caterham's performance-based DNA coursing through its veins.
|Frame||Carbon / Aluminium available in 3 sizes|
|Front Brake||Disc brake|
|Rear Brake||Disc brake|
|Gear||Shimano Nexus 8 Speed|
|Motor||36 Volt, 250 Watt, brushless|
|Battery||Panasonic 36 Volt 12AH lithium battery|
|Dashboard||LED dashboard with battery status, speedo, trip meter assistant ratio and range indicator|
|Wheels||Aluminium rim with stainless spokes|
|Tyres||26 x 4.8-inc balloon size|
|Dimension||L 216 X W 55 X H 98 (cm)|
|Seat height||3-way adjustable|
Ishsal Ishak was born on December 19th 1968 in the town of Kangar in Malaysia. For four years, Ishsal attended the University of Science, Malaysia where, thanks to a scholarship with Japan Airlines, he spent a season at Sophia University in Japan. He finished his university career in 1992 as a Bachelor of Management passing with honours.
In the 16 years that followed Ishsal's entrepreneurial character grew as he founded a variety of media and technology start-ups, growing profits, leading teams and planning strategies. His business experience led him to take a number of advisory positions within the global telecoms and technology sectors.
In 2010, Ishsal, along with three other telecom industry pioneers, founded Enabling Asia - the first Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator of the Asian region. Ishsal later sold his equity in the business to move into the aviation industry.
Ishsal's first step into the airline business was with Malaysian Airlines, where he joined as Senior Vice-President Marketing & Products in 2012. During this time, he met Tony Fernandes and Dato' Kamarudin Meranun, who were both board members and shareholders at the company.
Inspired by the passion and entrepreneurial spirit of Fernandes and Kamarudin, he grasped the opportunity to work for Air Asia with both hands and, in late 2012, Ishsal was appointed as Group Head of Ancillary Income. The position saw him responsible for driving all non-ticketed income for the business, whilst keeping the Air Asia principles of keeping costs low whilst delivering a high value product.
A self confessed petrol-head since childhood, Ishsal has always been a fan of the iconic Caterham Seven sportscar and British cars in general. And, as well as a love for cars, he also has a deep-rooted passion for two-wheeled vehicles. With bikes such as a track-tuned Kawasaki 150cc two-stroke and a Ducati 748 taking pride of place in his garage, Ishsal also had some thrills and spills racing a Yamaha R6 in an amateur race series at Malaysia's Sepang Circuit.
Andreas Leuthe was born on May 22nd 1964. His background comes direct from the crucible of motorcycle competition, mixed with a successful career in international business. In the 1980s and 1990s, the German raced at the highest level in 500cc Grands Prix in a golden era of the class, dominated by American and Australian former dirt-track racers such as Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan.
Andreas was a privateer, battling the big factories and scoring a number of notable successes. His best finish in a 500cc race was ninth at Misano in 1989 and he notched up a number of other points-scoring finishes. He says: "During those years, I became very good friends with Kenny Roberts, former 500cc champion and team owner. For a time from 1989 through to 1992, I ran his famous riding ranch, where many of the top riders of the time came to train and try to learn the aspects of the rear-wheel steering technique on dirt bikes."
On the ending of his racing career in the mid-1990s, Andy began his own motorcycle business importing Italian-made, two-wheeled machines into Germany. Racing was never very far away, as he later got involved with the Italjet factory in 1998 as export manager for the brand. In 1999 after discussions with factory owner Leopoldo Tartarini, Andy became involved in running every aspect of the new Italjet 125cc GP team, with riders Jaroslav Hules and Leon Haslam.
Andreas was and still is, Motorsport Manager for Suter Racing Technology AG - constructors of successful MotoGP-class machines - and also expanding his business expertise, acting as a consultant for a number of companies, including a three-year spell with a private equity company based in the Czech Republic.
Alessandro Tartarini was born on June 19th 1966 into a family that has a real passion for motorbikes and has strong links with the Italian motorcycle industry.
His grandfather, Egisto Tartarini, was an official factory rider for Moto Guzzi during the early part of the 20th Century, while his father Leopoldo was also a rider for the Ducati and Benelli factories during the 1950s. After his riding career ended, Leopoldo founded the Italjet company in 1959. Since then, the firm has been famous for designing and producing some iconic small-capacity scooters and motorcycles, such as the Italjet Dragster and the Italjet Formula.
Alessandro, or 'Alex', also shared this family passion for all things two-wheeled and studied to become a designer. He worked at his father's company on new designs, developing all the major models including the Dragster, Formula and Velocifero - Italjet's first retro-styled scooter. Recognition for his work soon came. In 1994, the Velocifero was given a major international award from Newsweek and in 1998, when The Guggenheim Museum in New York held The Art of the Motorcycle Exhibition, it included one of Alex's designs - an Italjet Formula. Alex later worked on the three-cylinder Italjet Grifon - a motorcycle harking back to the original 650cc Italjet Grifon of 1969.
Alex left the company in 2000 and, from 2001, founded his own design company, providing a wider range of motorcycle manufacturers with his unique input on both design and manufacturing. Since forming the company, Alex has won many further awards for his designs, which also include quads, trikes and lightweight cars.
From 2009, Alex was in charge of the design of a range of new Lambretta scooters, each infused with the unique history of that brand. Now he is undertaking his most challenging task yet, helping to produce Caterham Bikes - a range of machines with the undiluted Caterham DNA of performance and intuitive handling running through them.