One of the main ideas behind the brand new Moto2 class is to reduce the cost of racing. There are very few people indeed who can afford the million euros it reportedly cost for an Aprilia RSA250, and even fewer that Aprilia was willing to supply them to. But Moto2 changes all that; for a tenth of the cost of a competitive 250, you can race a machine just as competitive as the factory Aprilia 250 once was.
Such is the cost level of Moto2 that ownership is not limited to race teams. Private individuals with a healthy savings account can now get their hands on a pukka Moto2 racing machine for use as the ultimate track day machine. For British manufacturer FTR MOTO is making 10 limited edition Moto2 replicas available for purchase. The machines will be painted in the colors used by the legendary 'Rocket' Ron Haslam, and come with a World Supersport spec Honda CBR600RR engine, a set of Spidi leathers, an Arai helmet and three days of tuition from Haslam himself.
More details on the offer below, but MotoMatters.com visited FTR's facility just a week or so ago, and were given an insight into the process of designing and building a Moto2 bike. An article about this visit will be appearing in the runup to the 2010 inaugural Moto2 season. Stay tuned.
FTR TO PRODUCE LIMITED EDITION HASLAM ELF HONDA SPECIALS
FTR MOTO is producing a limited edition of 10 distinctive Moto2 Grand Prix machines with a full World Supersport specification Honda CBR600RR motor and in the colours of Ron Haslam's innovative 500cc Grand Prix Elf Honda.
The FTR Elf project will offer the ultimate track day machine and is being launched to celebrate FTR Moto's inaugural year in World Championship competition with its M210 Moto2 GP machine.
The machine will use a Honda World Supersport specification motor - prepared by Chris Mehew who worked alongside Haslam with the Elf project in the 1986-88 World Championship years. Mehew also prepares the engines for World Supersport Championship star Eugene Laverty.
The rolling chassis will be FTR's 2010 World Championship M210, featuring the latest Brembo brakes, OZ MotoGP wheels, GP specification front and rear suspension and Dunlop racing slick tyres.
Each recipient will enjoy three track days, tuition and set-up assistance with Grand Prix favourite Haslam and will also receive a Spidi bespoke replica Haslam/Elf Honda GP Kangaroo Pro leather suit plus boots and gloves from Spidi and a Ron Haslam replica of the latest Arai Quantum helmet.
The machines will be prepared at FTR Moto's Buckingham base and will be presented to the 10 customers at a formal presentation evening, dinner and celebration with Ron Haslam.
'The feedback from our M209 development Moto2 machine has been incredible and so many people have enquired about a track day version of the machine,' said FTR director Steve Bones. 'We considered a range of options and, as Ron Haslam was synonymous with Elf Honda and the Elf project, we thought it appropriate to recognise and appreciate a golden era of 500cc GP racing.'
Haslam took the Elf Honda to a best finish of fourth place, in the 1987 500cc Grand Prix World Championship with podium finishes that year in Spain and Germany.
The machine has already attracted interest worldwide and will be available within eight to 10 weeks. The price and further details are available from Steve or Mark at FTR Moto on: +44 (0)1280 815800.
Bones added: 'Obviously we are creating a collector's item with only 10 in the world and we hope the machine offers our clients the maximum track experience and exhilaration. And, this is a rare opportunity to own an existing Grand Prix specification machine, this limited edition M210 will be the same specification as Alex Debon will use in the 2010 World Championship.'
Each customer will also receive a range of limited edition mementoes specific to the Ron Haslam and Elf Honda era and FTR Moto brand to complement this unique project.