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Rubens Barrichello’s Storck Electric Bike

August 28th, 2010 [print] Go to comments

Click for larger imageIt’s not often I get to combine two of my favorite things–Formula 1 and bicycles.  German builder Storck Bicycle GmbH, has partnered with F1 team Cosworth, to create a one-off electric bike to commemorate F1 driver Rubens Barrichello’s 300th Grand Prix.

Company founder Markus Storck presented the Raddar Multiroad Carbon bike to the AT&T Williams driver at the Spa racing circuit ahead of his landmark race, which he will compete in this Sunday, August 29… that’s tomorrow, folks!

As well as the custom Cosworth branding that mirrors the graphics on the Williams-Cosworth FW32 F1 car, it has a special logo created by the team to honor Barrichello’s landmark of 300 F1 races.  It’s built around a carbon fiber frame, a 250W Swiss-made electric motor, hydraulic disc brakes and ‘advanced gear shift electronics’ but, unfortunately, no flappy-paddle gearbox.

Storck founder, Markus Storck, said:  "Formula One racing is all about achieving technical precision and perfection, key elements in the DNA of Storck Bicycle GmbH.  I am honored to have been asked by Cosworth to present one of our highest performing products to one of the highest performing men in motor racing, Rubens Barrichello, as he celebrates 300 Grands Prix this weekend."

Mark Gallagher, General Manager of Cosworth’s F1 Business Unit:  "It is an absolute pleasure for Cosworth to be a part of Rubens’ 300th Grand Prix celebrations and to present him with this unique Storck bicycle.  Cosworth and Storck Bicycles have a close relationship and this bike embodies the pursuit of technical excellence that Formula One is all about.  It is this pursuit of excellence that has also taken Rubens to an incredible 300 Grand Prix events, so we thought it a fitting gift to celebrate his impressive F1 career to date."

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  1. August 28th, 2010 at 15:12 | #1

    Would be nice to have specs on this bike. I remember the first generation F1 cars with Turbo needed to get ice cubes shoved into their air intakes every 2 rounds – they with still win (or blow up) Remember Niki Lauda from Austria?

    Although this Storck is a sweet looking bike, I believe this BionX powered Felt 68 custom would have been a nice gift for a F1 racer as well: http://www.nycewheels.com/bionx-review-felt-681.html

  2. Aaron
    August 28th, 2010 at 18:51 | #2

    I don’t know… at nearly 70lbs, that thing is on the way heavy side. Rubens’ bike will probably be put on display somewhere, or parked inside a really nice garage and never ridden. Since it’s a one-ff, I doubt we’ll get any specs, although a replica sold to the public might be a good idea.

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