26th April 2012
Swiss bike maker BMC has teamed up with Lamborghini to create a special edition of its ultra lightweight impec bicycle. The BMC impec Lamgorghini Edition has been developed in conjunction with the car maker and makes use of composite materials to keep its total weight to just 6.8 kg.
The bike uses a standard BMC impec carbon frame fitted with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting and carbon wheels. The Lamborghini brand can be found on the frame, saddle and handlebars and comes in the same colour as the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.
Sporting a huge price tag of €20,000 (~$26,000), there are only 30 of these bikes being made and are available through Lamborghini and BMC dealers. According to the BMC, the impec bike uses ‘load specific weave’ or LSW, a process where the tubes for the frame are woven first of all from carbon fibers and then in a second step are converted to a highly rigid structure using a special resin compound. The load-specific weaving process is fully automated and accurate to one tenth of a millimeter.
Each tube is designed to be optimized for the load it will bear so no material mass or weight is left on the bike unnecessarily, with the finished bike weighing just 6.8 kg.
Lamborghini aren’t the first super car manufacturer to lend their name to a bike. Back in December, we wrote about the McLaren Venge which also made heavy use of composite materials.
Find out more about the bike on the BMC website