MCT powers the re-birth of Norton

Engine experts, Menard Competition Technologies (MCT) will produce over 500 engines a year for Norton, the iconic motorcycle manufacturer. The engines will be for the highly anticipated 961/SS Commando bike.

Norton managing director, Stuart Garner, said: "With funding, premises and one of the most talented senior management teams in the motorcycle industry now in place, we're looking forward to the next chapter of the Norton story. Thousands of people have already expressed serious interest in Norton and we're confident that together with MCT, we can deliver a product that is both true to the heritage of the Norton brand, while benefiting directly from the latest technological innovation."

MCT is undertaking a comprehensive production programme for Norton, with units produced at MCT's Oxfordshire plant and delivered to Norton's facility at Donington Park.

Charlie Bamber, commercial director at MCT, added: "It's a great privilege to be playing a role in the rebirth of a brand as important as Norton. We share in the passion and ambition of Norton and know that Stuart and his team are well-placed to build on the legacy of a truly iconic name."

The 961/SS Commando boasts a 961cc parallel twin engine, with push rod valve actuation, developing in excess of 80hp at the rear wheel. Its inspiration comes from over 100 years of Norton competition and road bike history.

The company was recently brought from an American owner after it seized production in the early 1990's. Stuart Garner brought the brand and plans the first official outing at the Isle of Man TT in June.

J Cunningham

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