Carboni e Metalli presented a radical concept motorcycle that pays homage to the successes of the Apollo missions at the 2019 Wildays in Italy, winning the ‘Best of Show’ award for the best motorcycle.
“In 1969, mankind first stepped on the Moon. Now, 50 years later, we wanted to pay homage to that historical achievement doing what we do best in the part of the world: combining unique materials and advanced technologies with artisanal craftsmanship and passionate design,” says Massimo Bercella, Co-founder of Carboni e Metalli.
Michele Antolotti, the other half of the company adds, “Our footprint is on hi-tech manufacturing processes and we wanted to show the impact of Space-related techniques into a traditional market such as the Motorcycles.”
The Lunar Project is based on an old KTM 250GS, the bike has been reimagined with a futuristic approach, combining vintage details such as a steel frame and a massive 2-stroke engine, with the most advanced technologies currently available on Earth, such as Carbon Fibre Composites and Metallic Additive Manufactured parts in structural applications such as a Carbon Fibre Sub-frame, a world-fist Carbon Fibre and 3D printed Titanium Rear Swingarm, and the 3D printed Aluminum Front Fork Mounts to name a few.
“This project is a statement, we wanted to show that even a mature product such a Motorcycle can be innovated by applying Space-related technologies and design freedom” conclude the duo “the technological return from the Apollo program was huge, and we felt the urge to do our part in celebrating the greatest conquer in the history of mankind, now that we stand at the dawn of a new era of space exploration. Winning the Best of Show Award came unexpected and motivates us to the next steps.”
The company will now showcase the bike at a series of events during 2019, while actively working on several new projects.
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