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  Alto Performance Vyrus:

 

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Kriega are proud to sponsor the Alto Performance Vyrus. We are one of 30+ British firms who support this hub-center steered project. Alto Performance are brothers Ben and Aarron Shaugnessy, plus a support team of Wendy, Paul, Melissa, David, Jules and Phil Read JR. The Ducati-powered Vyrus is surely one of the most exotic bikes racing anywhere in the world. The team competes in the Thunderbike series in the UK. In the debut season for the Vyrus. Alto Performance were only expecting nothing more than a development year, but with a total of 18 podiums, 3 wins(including one in just the 3rd meeting, and even 2 denied by last lap red flags), the Oulton Park lap record and 3rd in the UK Thunderbike Championship it proved to be an unbelievable debut. Stable, agile, light and exceptionally kind to its front tyre, the hub center steered system has proven to be as fast or faster than anything forks have to offer.

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The Italian-made Vyrus is the brainchild of Ascanio Rodorigo, who worked for Bimota for two years before creating and building his own hub-center steered machine from a small workshop outside Rimini. The Shaughnessey brothers believe in the hub-center steered concept so much they convinced Rodorigo to let them race a Vyrus in the UK. 'I don't have anything against CBRs', says `Ben. 'But there's no challenge. This is the way we should be going, pushing technology forward. We want to prove we can do it ourselves and with as much British technology in there as possible.' Phil Read says 'it feels suprisingly normal. It's the lack of weight that strikes you more than anything else. It's about 160kg wet and fully-fuelled'. The heart of the Vyrus is a Ducati ST2 engine - but owners of the original sports tourer would be hard pressed to recognise the engine now. Engine output is kept secret by the team, but Ben has put a great deal of research in to building the best possible engine - every part of the motor has received improvements and performance upgrades to ensure the best possible power and torque as well as reliability. The F1 paddock has provided various expertise, though Ben is keeping tight lipped on exactly what that is. Power is also seceret, though the series rules dictate a maximum power to weight ratio of 1bhp to 1.84kg. The chassis shares just the front and rear swingarms with the original Italian built road bike, with the rest coming from mostly British firms. The frame side plates are similar to the road machine, but Alto has made modifications to suit the ST2 engine. Suspension at both ends has been developed by Nitron, and EBC provide special brakes to suit the Vyrus' ability to brake hard and late - a new disc design has been patented as a result of developing parts for the bike. Calipers are Brembo, with EBC pads. Dymag has built a special set of wheels for the bike - the carbon fibre rims are reputedly lighter than the packaging they came in! The exhaust headers are made from Inconel - a strong, light but expensive material used for F1 car exhausts. The wiring loom is custom built by Ben's brother and team electronics engineer, Aarron, using special compact and lightweight connectors. Even the bodywork is unique - the carbon fibre seat and nose cowl are made by British bodywork expert Powerbronze to suit the requirements of the team.

Superbike Project 2010 - Alto are now making the first superbike version using a Ducati 1098 engine.......

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