The 2017 Saroléa SP7 Racer: Ready For The Isle Of Man TT Zero!
Saroléa will return to the Isle of Man TT Zero for 2017, and their SP7 racer is quite the sight
Saroléa will return to the Isle of Man TT Zero for 2017, and their SP7 racer is quite the sight. Prepare to be impressed!
Now, the Isle of Man TT Zero has already dominated the headlines. First, we heard that the dream team of John McGuinness and Guy Martin would be piloting the Honda backed Mugen Shinden machine this year. Secondly, we learned that TT veteran McGuinness would not be fit to compete thanks to a ferocious injury at the North West 200. With only side-burned truck mechanic Guy Martin at the controls, it might be time for Mugen to step down from the top step of the podium…
No offense to Guy Martin, but he’s been out of the loop for a while…and the competition has gotten fierce. Belgian outfit Saroléa have returned, and their SP7 racer has its sights fixed on first place. So let’s look at the Saroléa SP7 in all its glory…
The Saroléa SP7 Racer: Ready To Tackle The TT
For 2017, Saroléa have once again selected Dean Harrison to ride the SP7, and thanks to a top of the range carbon fiber chassis, the cool retro styled design, aluminum forged wheels, Beringer brakes, Ohlins suspension and a new brushless DC 3-phase electric motor, Harrison may well be in with a good chance of winning. Take McGuinness out of play, and all bets are off.
Here’s what Dean had to say about the event: “This is my fifth year at the TT and the second time I will be riding the Saroléa SP7. I love the TT and for me, it’s the main event of my season. Every year, I learn more about the course and I think I will still be learning until the time I stop.”
“Since last year, the team have made significant improvements to the SP7 and so I am excited to find out what they have done.”
“The SP7 bike is heavier than a conventional bike, so it’s going to be physically more demanding, but I am in good shape and I ready for this challenge. My aim for this year is a podium and I cannot see any reason why that may not be possible.”
As long as the SP7 can go the distance, we reckon that Dean Harrison and Saroléa have a great chance at victory. And if you look closely, you can see a nice little homage to Michael Czysz embroidered on the seat – with Czysk’s seal of approval, anything is possible for the Belgian team. We will be rooting for them. It’s about time someone unhorsed the Mugen outfit.
Anyway, here’s some copied and pasted specs for you to ogle at.
The 2017 Saroléa SP7: The Specs
- Frame: Full carbon fiber monocoque built in-house
- Engine: Brushless DC 3-phase electric motor, built in-house
- Battery: Lithium-ion
- Output voltage: 370V or more
- Charge system: Quick charge capabilities
- Transmission: Chain, single speed
- Front brake: Beringer 4-pistons Radial Aerotec©
- Rear brake: Beringer 2-pistons Radial Aerotec©
- Front tyre: Bridgestone Battlax RS10 120/70 ZR17
- Rear tyre: Bridgestone Battlax RS10 195/55 ZR17
- Front wheel: OZ Racing, Piega R forged aluminium 3.50” x 17”
- Rear wheel: OZ Racing, Piega R forged aluminium 6.50” x 17”
- Front suspension: Öhlins Ø 43 mm Superbike Telegabel FGR 300
- Rear suspension: Öhlins monoshock TTX
- Swing arm: Carbon fiber, built in-house