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American students create MotoGP prototypes

American students create MotoGP prototypes

American students create MotoGP prototypes

On Monday, Savannah College of Art and Design industrial design students unveiled two full-scale display models of Grand Prix motorcycles that will travel to different races around the world.

Thirteen students from SCAD Industrial Design Professor Jesus Rojas' class began the process of designing the concept motorcycles 10 weeks ago with 130 separate sketches. The final design is a result of the students focusing on ergonomically correct seat height and wheel distance. Following the sketching process, the students built clay models to preview what was ultimately unveiled.

Having liked what they saw, energy drink company Red Bull offered their support for the project, reducing the cost from the $15,000 estimate for each bike. That figure would have exceeded $30million if they were to have used a 250cc engine.

The motorcycles also will be on display at the 2006 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix MotoGP race on July 21–23rd, which takes place at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

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