In September last year we decided to carry out some upgrades to the bike that finished 3rd in 2011 TT Zero, so that we could show its full potential. This has included a new aerodynamic package, improved ergonomics and an increase in power.
In parallel with this we also developed another new bike for 2012. The 2012 bike has a trellis chassis with a new rear suspension setup and has been designed around a prototype powertrain solution that will give us 40% more power with a 30% reduction in mass. Sounds ideal, but this came with a risk of parts not being developed in time. However, the team decided to pursue with this, as the updated 2011 bike would still be very competitive and the 2012 bike would blow everyone away if time was on our side.
Here we are on the day we leave for the TT and we are still awaiting one of the key components that has been problematic during testing. We will take both bikes to the TT regardless and are prepared to work all night before race day to finish the 2012 bike if the parts arrive. I remain the eternal optimist.