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Fantic Motor to launch road race project

Fantic Motor to launch road race project

Fantic Motor to launch road race project

The 250cc World Championship is set to welcome a new manufacturer in 2005, after the announcement that Italian trial and motocross firm Fantic Motor are set to enter their own road racer.

The project will be overseen by experienced engineer Franco Moro, with 17 year old Italian rookie Gabriele Ferro confirmed as one of the riders and discussions underway with former 125cc World Champion Arnaud Vincent for the second seat.

Moro, who has worked for Aprilia since 1992 with riders including Max Biaggi, Tetsuya Harada, Loris Capirossi and, most recently, Alex De Angelis, revealed that Fantic are planning to enter the 250cc series with two twin cylinder bikes constructed at the engineering department of CRP Technology.

"(CRP) is a company based in Modena specialising in the quick design and construction of prototypes," explained Moro. "It is a very hi-tech system which has been used successfully in Formula 1 by the likes of Jaguar, Bar and Minardi.

"We used their technology to accelerate the evolution of our bikes, which are currently at the development stage. Component production will be done using CRP's ‘Rapid Prototyping' and ‘Rapid Manufacturing' system using a composite material known as ‘Winform'.

"For example, if we design a crankcase and give CRP the idea of what we want, they create a three dimensional file on a machine which develops the prototype. By the following morning, we have the prototype crankcase. It is a technique which has made the process of manufacturing much quicker.

"In fact, Fantic had originally planned to enter in 2006 but the speed of development and construction of the bike has meant that we couold come in a year early. Almost all of the other components of Fantic bikes are also made by Italian companies, from the shock absorbers to the front suspension. I think the only non-Italian thing will be the tyres.

"Right now we've got a hybrid prototype which Gabriele (Ferro) has done a shakedown test on. Now we're just waiting for the definitive chassis but we expect to have the entire prototype ready for the first tests on the 15th or 20th January."

250cc, 2004

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