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Arc Motorcycles enters administration

The Arc Vector project looks to have short-circuited as the administrators have been called in

THE Arc Vector project is in jeopardy as the administrators have been called in by Arc Motors Ltd. The news comes just weeks after the firm managed to crowdfund nearly £1m to aid the production and development of their outlandish electric motorcycle.

The news also means the large production facility they had planned in Wales in is doubt, along with any of the jobs the new site could have promised to the area.

Production of the £90,000 Arc Vector was due to commence next year, with a pre-production version of the bike being seen running (albeit slowly) up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb event.

The Vector was always going to be an ambitious project, but the team had the right credentials to complete the project, having been previously working within JLR’s special vehicle unit.

The bike itself was a carbon fibre monocoque with an innovative hub-centre steering system that, thanks to some clever geometry, was supposed to feel just like a normal motorcycle to ride. Arc was claiming over 300 miles range, 45-minute recharge times and 140bhp and 300ft-lb of torque.

Away from the bike's hardware, the rider was due to get a jacket with haptic sensors built within it that relayed vital safety information to you through small vibrations throughout the garment.

The batteries at Arc are not completely flat though, as the team has until the 10th October to raise the funds required to continue. If that cannot be done, then the administrators will be called in to piece out the business.

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