Bikes; MCT powers Norton rebirth

UK technology to drive an icon

Norton, one of the most iconic names in motorcycling, has this week signed an agreement which sees Menard Competition Technologies (MCT) manufacturing production engines for Norton’s return to mass production. The deal comes at the conclusion of an initial research and development project for Norton by the Leafield-based engine development organisation.

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.

Stuart Garner, managing director of Norton, noted: “This is great news – not just for Norton and for MCT but for the wider UK motorcycle industry. MCT is one of the world leaders in engine development and the partnership will give us further credibility, as we roll out our Commando range.

He continued: “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.”

Charlie Bamber, commercial director of MCT, said: “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.” 

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