This British-built, £ 90,000 Arc Vector electric motorcycle offers a glimpse into the future of driving

This British-built, £ 90,000 Arc Vector electric motorcycle offers a glimpse into the future of driving

This is the new Arc Vector – a £ 90,000 electric bike that was developed in the UK and praised as the most advanced motorcycle of all time.

It was built by a team of engineers in Coventry. It has a lightweight carbon structure, power parts that are lifted directly off the MotoGP, and uses an electric power cell that generates 399 voltage units.

This means it can rip from stationary to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph for a "realistic range" of 200 miles.

More impressively, though, there's a jacket that alerts the rider to dangers in his environment, and a helmet that projects important information such as speed, revs and a reversing camera onto the visor to make you feel like Iron Man on a helmet Bicycle.

Head into the future: this is the ARC Vector - a £ 90,000 electric superbike suitable for noisy, groundbreaking and environmentally conscious millionaires

Head into the future: this is the ARC Vector - a £ 90,000 electric superbike suitable for noisy, groundbreaking and environmentally conscious millionaires

Head into the future: this is the ARC Vector – a £ 90,000 electric superbike suitable for noisy, groundbreaking and environmentally conscious millionaires

It is equipped with a high-tech helmet that gives the driver important information directly from the bike

It is equipped with a high-tech helmet that gives the driver important information directly from the bike

You could say that's what comes closest to an Iron Man on two wheels

You could say that's what comes closest to an Iron Man on two wheels

It is equipped with a high-tech helmet that gives the driver important information directly from the bike. You could say that it is best to feel like Iron Man on two wheels

At almost £ 100,000, it's not cheap, though it's supposed to target dizzying, groundbreaking, and environmentally conscious millionaires.

It's the first model produced by Arc – a team of leading engineering specialists from the UK's high-tech automotive country in the Midlands – compared to the Marvel superhero team by the company's founder.

At the biggest European trade fair of the year – the Milan EICMA event – the motorcycle world was unveiled.

Probably the biggest talking point in the Italian fashion capital, the bike itself is a work of art.

The lightweight chassis and carbon components used for the rear and, unusually, the front wings, mean that even with a bulky electric motor, this machine weighs just 220 kg and exotic parts such as Ohlins suspension, brake calipers Brakes and BST wheels like you used. D Find Valentino Rossi's MotoGP bike.

While range coverage is 200 miles, this is for use in cities. Arc says it's more than 120 miles when you're driving on the highway – though this is about 30 percent more than comparable electric bikes already on the market.

The bike uses an electric power cell that generates 399 voltage units. That means it can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds to a top speed of 120 mph

The bike uses an electric power cell that generates 399 voltage units. That means it can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds to a top speed of 120 mph

The bike uses an electric power cell that generates 399 voltage units. That means it can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds to a top speed of 120 mph

The Zenith helmet displays speed, turns and navigation directions on the small screen in front of the visor so that the driver has all the important information in view - similar to the Iron Man helmet from the famous Marvel films

The Zenith helmet displays speed, turns and navigation directions on the small screen in front of the visor so that the driver has all the important information in view - similar to the Iron Man helmet from the famous Marvel films

The Zenith helmet displays speed, turns and navigation directions on the small screen in front of the visor so that the driver has all the important information in view – similar to the Iron Man helmet from the famous Marvel films

The Origin jacket vibrates to alert the driver to dangers that drive too fast

The Origin jacket vibrates to alert the driver to dangers that drive too fast

The Origin jacket vibrates to alert the driver when hazards exist in the environment or when they travel too fast

Buyers (who can afford one) receive their own electrical charging station, which is installed in the desired premises. Plug in the vector and it takes 45 minutes to charge – even if you're using a public fast-charging station in cities or gas stations.

But while the motorcycle is the key component, it is the riding equipment that arouses more interest.

The Zenith helmet was designed in collaboration with the British company Hedon and features a speedo, a navigation device and additional graphics that are projected onto the driver's visor so that the view of the road remains focused.

A live rear-view camera is encased in calf leather in the helmet so the user can see what's behind them without having to turn their heads.

A live rear-view camera is framed in calf leather helmet
This gives the user the opportunity to see what is behind it without ever having to turn their heads

A live rear-view camera is framed in calf leather helmet. This gives the user the opportunity to see what is behind him without ever having to turn his head

The jacket, custom-made in collaboration with Knox UK cycling company, also plays music and can tell the rider how close he is to the limits of the motorcycle's capabilities based on factors such as braking or opening the throttle

The jacket, custom-made in collaboration with Knox UK cycling company, also plays music and can tell the rider how close he is to the limits of the motorcycle's capabilities based on factors such as braking or opening the throttle

The jacket, which has been tailored in cooperation with the British bicycle protection manufacturer Knox, also plays music and can tell the driver how close he is to the limits of the motorcycle's capabilities. This depends on factors such as how much you brake or accelerate

The tailored jacket called Origin is also used with the Human Machine Interface (HMI) technology.

It features technology that alerts the driver to potential dangers and provides dynamic, performance-based feedback with smartphone-style vibration alerts.

The jacket, custom-made in collaboration with the British cycling company Knox, can also play music and tell the rider how close he is to the limits of the bike's capabilities. It depends on factors such as how much you are braking or opening the throttle.

In short, you'll feel like Tony Stark riding for your next Avengers mission.

Much of the bike is made of carbon fiber or lightweight carbon composites to reduce the bulky weight of the powerhouse

Much of the bike is made of carbon fiber or lightweight carbon composites to reduce the bulky weight of the powerhouse

Much of the bike is made of carbon fiber or lightweight carbon composites to reduce the bulky weight of the powerhouse

The front and rear carbon fiber wings are stunning and quite unusual. Traditionally, motorcycles have fork suspension, although in the past swivel arm front units have been used, such as the 1993 Yamaha GTS1000

The front and rear carbon fiber wings are stunning and quite unusual. Traditionally, motorcycles have fork suspension, although in the past swivel arm front units have been used, such as the 1993 Yamaha GTS1000

The front and rear carbon fiber wings are stunning and quite unusual. Traditionally, motorcycles have fork suspension, although in the past swivel arm front units have been used, such as the 1993 Yamaha GTS1000

The bike features exotic parts such as an Ohlins rear shock, Brembo brakes and BST wheels familiar from Valentino Rossi's MotoGP motorcycle

The bike features exotic parts such as an Ohlins rear shock, Brembo brakes and BST wheels familiar from Valentino Rossi's MotoGP motorcycle

The bike features exotic parts such as an Ohlins rear shock, Brembo brakes and BST wheels, as found on Valentino Rossi's MotoGP motorcycle

The founder of Arc, Mark Truman, who used to work for Jaguar Land Rover, said: "We felt there was more to getting out of the motorbike that nobody cares about.

"This is about using technology to reduce the experience of cycling.

"The HUD and the feel of the helmet and jacket work together with the Vector bike to eliminate distractions and emphasize the joy of driving."

The 42-year-old Truman, a purist biker and technology evangelist, has put together an engineering dream team and set an ambitious business plan in motion.

While range coverage is 200 miles, this is for city use. Arc says it's more than 120 miles when you're driving on the highway - though this is about 30 percent more than comparable electric bikes already on the market

While range coverage is 200 miles, this is for city use. Arc says it's more than 120 miles when you're driving on the highway - though this is about 30 percent more than comparable electric bikes already on the market

While range coverage is 200 miles, this is for use in cities. Arc says it's more than 120 miles when you're driving on the highway – though this is about 30 percent more than comparable electric bikes already on the market

Avengers on Two Wheels: Riding this bike will make you feel like Tony Stark talking to Tech in the Iron Man helmet called J.A.R.V.I.S - short for Just A Knight Very Intelligent System

Avengers on Two Wheels: Riding this bike will make you feel like Tony Stark talking to Tech in the Iron Man helmet called J.A.R.V.I.S - short for Just A Knight Very Intelligent System

Avengers on Two Wheels: Riding this bike will make you feel like Tony Stark talking to Tech in the Iron Man helmet called J.A.R.V.I.S – short for Just A Knight Very Intelligent System

The ARC Vector has its own electrical charging station, which can be installed by the owner's owners. Plug in the vector and it takes 45 minutes to charge - even if you're using a public fast-charging station in cities or gas stations

The ARC Vector has its own electrical charging station, which can be installed by the owner's owners. Plug in the vector and it takes 45 minutes to charge - even if you're using a public fast-charging station in cities or gas stations

The ARC Vector has its own electrical charging station, which can be installed in the premises requested by the owner. Plug in the vector and it takes 45 minutes to charge – even if you're using a public fast-charging station in cities or gas stations

Arc employees held senior positions at Aston Martin, KTM, Ducati, Triumph, Jaguar Land Rover, MotoGP and Formula One. As pioneers in their field, they have developed vehicles for James Bond films, emergency rescue units and electric niche cars.

"With Vector, we've set ourselves the goal of building the best-performing electric motorcycle," says Truman.

"In electric vehicles in general, the powertrain weighs a lot.

"This really can not be avoided if you want capacity, distance and performance.

"So it was about cutting everything back and using lots of exotic, lightweight materials like carbon fiber.

"The chassis and battery module had to be one, and because of this approach we were able to reduce the weight as much as possible to achieve the desired performance.

"The design was: If the term 'Cafe Racer' was coined in ten years, what would that look like? "

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