Engineers from Lexus and Eddy Merckx Cycles are working together exploring new materials and improved cycle aerodynamics. Work has already started on a first experimental project: the development of a prototype time trial bike. Called the ETT, the new bike is a hint of things to come and shows how the engineers at Eddy Merckx Cycles see how the advanced technology used by Lexus could be applied to racing bikes.
The ETT has already been tested in the wind tunnel of TMG, the Cologne-based motorsport division of Toyota. Real-life testing of the new ETT (Eddy Merckx Time Trial) will start in the spring, when professional cycling teams (Topsport Vlaanderen/Mercator and Wallonie-Bruxelles/Crédit Agricole) sponsored by Merckx will take it on the roads. For those of you who just can't wait though, watch the YouTube teaser to see the new bike in the Lexus wind tunnel.
In the future Eddy Merckx hopes to distinguish itself from its rivals by investing in carbon technology and by optimizing the aerodynamics of its bikes. To do this the company is seeking inspiration from Lexus, which shares a number of important brand values with Merckx such as high performance, innovation and environmental care.
Kurt Moons, CEO at Eddy Merckx Cycles, "I'm really looking forward to working with Lexus. I'm sure that this is a huge opportunity for us to learn from their expertise in materials science and aerodynamics".
Jozef Vandecruys, General Manager Marketing Communications & Network Development Lexus Europe, "We are all excited by the prospect of working with Eddy Merckx Cycles. It's a famous name with a history that speaks to our imagination."
Lexus has an enviable reputation for its powerful engines and carbon technology. This reputation is embodied in its supercar, the LFA, with a chassis and body largely made from advanced Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), which provides a light, incredibly strong structure with high impact strength. The 4.8 litre engine delivers 560 hp, enough to power the car to 325 km an hour.
Much can be learned about aerodynamics from the Lexus LFA. The virtually flat underbody and the active spoiler ensure impressive downforce at high speed.