Eddy Merckx Cycles ETT testing inside a Lexus wind tunnel (Courtesy Eddy Merckx Cycles)
Eddy Merckx Cycles announced a partnership with Lexus to develop their ETT time trial bike.
Eddy Merckx Cycles recently went to a wind tunnel belonging to
TMG, the Cologne-based motorsport division of Toyota. In addition to using the resources of the major automotive
company, Edddy Merckx Cycles could also incorporate some of the
technology used in cars in their
Lexus is no stranger to carbon fiber construction. Lexus built the chassis and body of it LFA supercar largely with Carbon Fibre Reinforced
Plastic (CFRP). The LFA’s 4.8-litre engine delivers 560 horsepower, enough to hit 325kph (202mph).
Outside of the TMG wind tunnel testing, Eddy Merckx has put the ETT to test on the road with its sponsored teams Topsport
Vlaanderen-Mercator and Wallonie-Bruxelles-Crédit Agricole.
No specific details on the bike have yet been revealed. But the project is just getting started.
looking forward to working with Lexus,” said Kurt Moons, CEO of Eddy Merckx Cycles. “I’m sure that this is a huge opportunity
for us to learn from their expertise in
materials science and aerodynamics.”
The staff at Lexus Europe is fired up by the project, too. “We are all excited by
the prospect of working with Eddy Merckx Cycles,” said Jozef Vandecruys, General Manager Marketing
Communications and Network Development for Lexus Europe. “It’s a famous name with a
history that speaks to our imagination.”
Here is a video peek Eddy Merckx Cycles provided at the development work inside the Lexus wind tunnel: http://youtu.be/0J2mfi2iKoI.