Norton F1 Sport

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Norton F1

The second 588cc rotary Norton race bike, throughout the 89, 90 and 91 season.

The RCW588 was by the NRS588 in 1991.


Engine: Liquid pressure twin-rotor rotary


Compression ratio: 9.2:1

Twin amal smoothbores

Norton hall effect capacitor discharge

Gearbox: speed, constant mesh

20 plate wet clutch using bronze friction plates and spring

Power Output: than 135 bhp at 9,800 rpm at shaft

torque: 77 lbs / ft at 8,000 rpm

Frame: twin spar aluminium

Twin 320 mm front discs four piston Lockheed Single 220 mm rear disc twin piston Brembo

Wheels: 3.5 x 17 three-spoke magnesium front wheel. 5.5 x 18 three-spoke rear wheel

Tyres: radials

Weight: Less 145 kgs

The Brief History

Brian a former road racer and dealer, originally joined in 1984 and worked in the service before moving on to research and As a former competitor he quickly the enormous potential of the rotary.

I to go racing. But no one wanted to know. I was that I could up the power the 92 the best engines were to around 120 and eventually it was agreed I could work on a racer I did so in my own time and at my own expense — evenings and weekends.

Fed up with the of interest in his racing project, left Nortons in 1986 and back to his original profession as an expert in the computer industry. But Lc Roux took over the group in 1987, things Crighton went to see him and the South agreed to finance a pilot scheme. Crighton says:

He let mc have the kitchen in the caretaker’s as a race and we finally split up. meant that we had a bike for the final round at Brands and I invited Steve to try it. He’d ridden the rotary before and it set up for him but when I asked him after if he wanted us to change anything he everything was fine just it up with petrol! He then out and won the race.

A fabulous performance.

late run of successes literally the British racing scene. at last had something to cheer and this, coupled with exposure, led to John Player in with major sponsorship for the season.

The riders for 1989 Nation and Spray and both the and the bikes were finished in the silver and gold colours by John Player during Formula One car-racing days. staff were signed on and Coll is appointed team leaving Crighton free to on technical matters. The first change was to abandon the air-cooled in favour of the water-cooled RCW588.

the ‘IT results were In the Isle of Man, Nation with Ireland’s Steve (Spray prefers not to ride in the TT) and retired from the TT Formula One — Nation when he ran out of and Cull when the gearbox In the final race of the week, the TT, Nation was in fifth place on the lap when the water pump while the chain of Cull’s broke when he was holding place with just miles to go.

He pushed home to finish and got a great ovation from the crowd.

Following the pattern of the year, the Norton team came to the fore after the TT. Brown puts it well in his of the British season for Moiocouru.

The of British Racing in 1989 was the return 10 victory of the Norton. an all-black JPS sponsored rotary fully lived up to its promise of the before, Steve Spray to win after win to take two major amid much patriotic waving.

The two championships were the 750 cc TT Formula One and the MCN/ACU British and during the season Spray set no than nine new lap records at short circuits. On the surface all was but behind the scenes the team was by internal politics and petty Unable to keep the peace and to get the all pulling together, team Collis left at the end of 1989 and was by former Honda Britain chief Barry Symmons.

The FI roadster was launched at the National Centre, Birmingham in November with a price tag of over A handsome machine, finished in Player racing colours, it was by an RCW588-typc engine which 95 bhp at 9500 rpm with a compression of only 9 to 1.

Norton F1

The 1989 racing engines between 145 and 148 bhp at 10,000 and were not on fuel. In fact the) run on two-star. We actually used pump four-star and did not have to about the very high special fuels that the teams now use.

For the team began well with Dunlop, signed to team Nation at the TT, winning the big class at the West 200 where he went the radar speed trap at an 189 mph — almost 20 mph faster the best of the Japanese four-cylinder At the TT Dunlop and Nation finished and sixth in the opening Formula One after Dunlop had set the fourth-fastest lap the island during practice at mph and Nation had overcome the handicap of rib sustained at Snctterton just the TT.

Then in the Senior Nation a well-judged race in poor to finish second, beaten by Honda hot-shot Qui Fogarty. retired while holding place when a stone the throttle open.

It was at the TT that came through that the FIM had to scrap the handicap imposed on

to be excluded when the tank was and found to be .7 litre (just a pint) over the 24 litre

Commented Nation: 11 was a flat tank and under a full of fuel I think it bulged and the capacity slightly — enough to get me excluded. I finished ample fuel so there was no of me running out if the tank had been a smaller. 1 In Friday’s Senior TT led the race at Ramsey halfway the first lap but was then slowed by a exhaust system.

This led to overheating aad he eventually when the engine seized at the on the third lap.

In lesser the team had been doing Haslam had captained the British to a resounding win in the annual UK versus USA scries, winning two of the three at Brands Hatch, while and Dunlop had dominated the North 200 in Ulster where Nation won the event at an average of 120 mph and his Irish took the Super-bike event Nation second.

After the TT the switched to the new machines and when won on his debut on the NRS588 at Brands things looked to be going as far as he was concerned — though was not so happy. ‘The bike had developed by Ron and his likes and dislikes it comes to setting up a bike are opposite to mine. I simply get on with the new machine and struggled for the of the season,* said Nation who the squad at the end of 1991.

A highlight for fans was when Haslam twelfth place in the British Prix at Donington in August — competing against the might of the Japanese teams their vec-four two-strokes. The FIM to allow the 588 cc rotary to compete in the 500 cc and Haslam rode his normal circuit machine. Said the chief Symmons: The idea was to the flag and finish the race so Ron himself rather than flat out.

I^tcr the same day he went out on the machine and won the MCN/TT Supcrbikc lapping faster than he had in the actual Grand Prix.

At the Haslam was favourite to take the TT Championship but then a string of starts cost him vital In race after race the roared away while he in mid-field. It made for incredibly television as he carved his way through the but cost him vital points as he was to score the outright wins for championship success.

Haslam six lap records during these rides but could still only fourth in the main Supcrbikc series — he did climax with a flourish he set a new lap record at 91.99 mph for the Brands short circuit at the final of the year in October. In the lesser Supcrbike Championship Haslam was

The year ended with two happenings. First David patient development of the rotary was recognised with the award of the MBE and John Player affirmed intention to back the Norton project again in 1992 Ron Haslam as number one, support from Ireland’s Dunlop who will also the Norton colours in the TT.

In contrast the racing effort ended in a of glory. The first really success for the promising rotary-cngmed came at the 1992 Isle of Man TT Steve n. ; having a one-off nde on a factory bike with (not John Player) won an epic battle with Fogarty (Yamaha) to take the TT at the record avaragc speed of — the first TT win for Norton 1973.

And after John Player out at the end of the 1992 season, during Robert Dunlop finished on a Norton m the MCN Supcrcup senes Haslam’s hopes being by a broken leg) Duckhams over as the ma jot sponsor for 1993 and with Colin Sec ley as team and Brian Crighton as the technical

After a ‘shakedown* season in during which Jim Moodie second in the Bntish Supcrcup the team dominated the 1994 which Ian Simpton won with 319 to Moodic’s (now on a Yamaha) Phil Borley on the second only three points him. At the end of 1994 See ley had to take The Norton racing effort was Ј200,000 a year and the team had 22 wins, 21 second places and ten We had some technical help Norton* but we didn’t get a word of or congratulations from the Aquihms, so Honda offered us a deal for we took it.’ And that was the end of the racing effort, the 190mph wheeled into retirement mil the bikes in their class.

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