Noting “the advantage we bring to bike design is we’re not bike designers,” Lotus Engineering has helped create the bicycles to be ridden by the Great Britain cycling team at the Olympic Games.
Lotus Engineering has released a short video about the Hope/Lotus bike and its design:
“I think the advantage that Lotus brings to bike design is that we’re not bike designers,” Richard Hill, Lotus’ chief aerodynamicist, is quoted. “We’re not engrossed in that industry, so we look at things from a very purist point of view. It’s the way Lotus has always approached every project for any external client.”
In a news release, Lotus said the design is based on optimization of the aerodynamics of the bike and rider together rather than independently.
“The Lotus-developed wider-than-usual position of the (front) forks means they’re directly in front of the rider’s knees, helping air to flow around the rider,” Lotus revealed. “The seat stays at the rear of the bike, also wider than on any other track bike, assist with the reattachment of that air to create the best possible profile for the bike and rider combined.”
Lotus also was involved in two designs for lightweight handlebars, one for sprint and one for pursuit races. Made from titanium, aluminum and carbon fiber, the handlebars are 3D-printed.
“The innovative design and advanced materials make the forks and bars very light, as well as improving stiffness and front-end feel to boost rider confidence.
“The bike is a true Lotus in every way – optimized aerodynamics, light weight, advanced materials and exceptional handling, all combining to deliver outstanding performance,” said Lotus Engineering, which worked with Hope Technology and Renishaw in creating the new British racing bikes.