Norton will race at the TT in 2013 with a two-man team and a new V4 race bike using fully active suspension!
The Donington Park-based factory will campaign Dan Hegarty and Ian Mackman in the 2013 Senior TT and Superbike TT.
Details are sketchy but Norton CEO Stuart Garner is also rumoured to be investigating using fully active suspension on a new version of the Norton SG-1 that entered the TT last year. Ths suspension will allow the bike to adjust itself using GPS data for different parts of the TT course so it can be firm for one section and soft on another part of the track. The firm refused to comment on this rumour.
Though details are sketchy, the bike is also believed to feature all-new geometry, and use an Aprilia V4 engine like last year’s racer but with Norton’s own engine internals. The firm is believed to want to develop towards using their own engine in 2014.
We’ll give you more details and a full interview with Norton CEO Stuart Garner soon.