Norton Motorcycles receives a £4million development fund by the UK Government. As a result of this, the British company will develop two new platforms.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne made an announcement earlier this week stating a deal between Norton Motorcycles and the UK Government. In order to increase the investment in their British Motorcycle Manufacturer Academy, Norton will be given no less than £4million. This means good news for Norton and Norton fans worldwide. According to Bennetts, the motorcycle manufacturer is preparing to start building a 1200cc V4 engine platform, probably to be used on a sportsbike. Furthermore, Norton is set to establish a 650cc twin-cylinder engine, most likely to be used on a naked or a scrambler in the years to come.
The investment will increase Norton’s Donington Hall premises up to 10,000 square foot training and manufacture facility. Construction is set to start in a week and soon after the company is keen on developing the new two platforms. According to the firm’s CEO Stuart Garner, they have been in the design stage for almost a year.
“The work on the new platforms has been going for a reasonable while already,” Garner told Bike Social earlier this week. “It’s been a year pulling all this together and a lot of the preparation work and engine design has already begun.”
The current line-up consists in the Commando 961, which has a 961cc twin-cylinder platform later used for two bikes, the Domiracer and the Dominator. The new V4 platform gives us hope to see in the future a sportsbike from the famous British motorcycle manufacturer. ”With the 1200 V4 we will look to put a sports bike together and we’re still evaluating models for the 650, whether it will be a naked, a scrambler or even a lightweight racer – it’s a great engine platform with many opportunities,” Garner continued. On top of everything, the development fund helps create 600 jobs.