Confederate Motors debuts P120 Fighter at Quail
The Quail Motor Sports Gathering in Carmel this month, held as a part of the week long Pebble Beach car week will see the launch of the latest motor bike design from Confederate Motors, The P120 Fighter Combat. The new Fighter is a limited production bike. The bike combines cutting edge aesthetics and a mighty engine to give rise to the ultimate mean machine. The Confederate Motor Company is the official sponsors of the Quail Motor sports Gathering 2009. The visitors got a chance to interact with the representatives of the heads of the company and express the reactions of the bikes at display.
Confederate Motor Company, Inc. is an American motor cycle manufacturer based in Alabama. The company was founded by H. Matthew Chambers in 1991. Since then, it has been concentrating on manufacturing low volume high performance motorcycles. The company made headlines when it won the first and second places at the 2007 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building show held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota. The bikes that won the honors belonged to production manufacturer category were the B120 Wraith and F131 Hellcat.
The company website quotes the Simon Schama about what drives a great art. The P120 fighter combat certainly is bike worthy to be called an art form. The website speaks at length about its design philosophy and how it would result in personal liberation, which feels more boring than awe inspiring. The bike, however, is breathtaking. The bike is made on a lightweight monocoque aluminum chassis. The engine is housed in a triangle shaped void in the aluminum space frame. The engine displaces 120 cubic inches as denoted by the name of the bike P120. The 1966 cc engine drives the rear wheel using a belt drive and sends the rear wheel 160 horse power and 135 feet pounds of torque. The bike uses a twin cylinder radial engine.
The chassis, suspension and swing arm are made from aircraft grade 60 01 aluminum.6061 is a precipitation-hardening alloy of aluminum, magnesium, silicon with traces of iron, titanium, copper, zinc and chromium. All bike does note have any body panels to cover it. Instead, it has aerodynamically modified the exposed, unpainted, aluminum chassis to cut air easily. The bike uses a five speed manual gearbox and race derived Brembo brakes with four pistons. The brakes use carbon ceramic light weight discs. The front suspension uses double wishbone set up. Independent motorbike manufacturers are exerting pressure on the established bike manufacturers to review their strategies.