不列顛精製單車
Lotus Engineering and Hope Technology Track Bike
Test ride with the new HopeLotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.
Test ride with the new HopeLotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.
Test ride with the new HopeLotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.
Test ride with the new HopeLotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.
Test ride with the new HopeLotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.
Test ride with the new HopeLotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.
Test ride with the new HopeLotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.
Test ride with the new HopeLotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.
Test ride with the new HopeLotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.
Test ride with the new HopeLotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.
Test ride with the new HopeLotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.

工業設計與汽車製造息息相關,因此兩者的發展也能刺激雙方技術上的進步,甚至影響其他產品的發展。英國蓮花車廠母公司蓮花工程,最近與英國單車零件品牌Hope Tech合作,研發一台競賽使用的場地單車,希望為屢獲殊榮的大不列顛單車隊(或稱英國單車隊),製造一台出戰明年東京奧運會的競賽神器。

這架場地單車是蓮花25年後重回單車開發的項目,蓮花工程參與場地單車前叉以及把手的設計,應用設計汽車的技術,尤其是蓮花拿手的輕量化應用,增強前叉與把手的強度之餘,亦盡量降低重量,而由Hope Tech負責的其餘部分,包括碳纖維車架、碳纖維輪圈等,也需要通過蓮花的風洞測試作出設計修改,以達至最佳的空氣動力效能。

這台英國專用場地單車已展開最後測試,大不列顛單車隊將在本月開始使用來進行練習及比賽,但此車仍需在年終前獲得國際單車聯會的認證,才能在東京奧運會上舒展筋骨。