Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Miroslav Felgr and the story of the FGR Midalu 2500 V6

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The Midalu 2500 is fitted with a 2.5-litre V6 that produces 240bhp and 200Nm of torque. The bike will carry a price tag 80,000 euros when it goes on sale next year...

The Czech Republic isn’t exactly the first country that comes to mind when we think of high-performance motorcycles and yet that’s exactly where the V6-engined FGR Midalu 2500 is from. Based in the Czech Republic, Miroslav Felgr started thinking about building a motorcycle with the world’s biggest engine and the best components, back in 2001. A decade later, his dream has come true – the Midalu 2500 hyperbike is set to go into limited production by early-2013.

The Midalu 2500 is fitted with a 2442cc, liquid-cooled, 90-degree V6 – the biggest, most powerful normally-aspirated production-spec motorcycle engine in the world – which produces 240 horsepower and more than 200Nm of torque. We’re quite fascinated with this motorcycle and caught up with the man behind this machine – Miroslav Felgr – for a quick chat. Here’s what he had to say about the FGR Midalu 2500 V6:

On why he chose to build something like the Midalu

I wanted to build a bike that wasn’t just something new, but also offered the best in luxury with the best possible components. Our company was established 20 years ago and deals with the design and manufacture of special purpose machines for the automotive industry. Since 2003, we have raced motorcycles with our FGR 125 GP bike and starting with this year, we are now in the new Moto3 class. It is the best advertisement for us, especially for the FGR Midalu motorcycle. In Bohemia [old name for the Czech Republic] we always produced motorcycles that were among the best in the world, so we wanted to revive this tradition.

About the Midalu 2500’s styling

The bike has been designed by Stanislav Hanus, who now works at Blata. The styling is unusual – a little naked bike, a little sporty. Because its price will be around 80,000 euros, the Midalu is meant for older customers and even though it has more than 200 horsepower, it’s designed to be comfortable.

On the development of the bike’s V6 engine

The engine was developed entirely by our company and FPOS and a development grant from the Ministry of Industry and Trade helped us with development work. Yes, we did encounter several challenges but now everything has been resolved and only minor details are left to be worked on.

On whether the Midalu 2500 will also be sold outside Europe, especially in Japan

The first six units of the Midalu 2500 V6 will be ready for sale by early 2013. In the first two years, the bikes will only be available in Europe, after which we want to move into the US and Russia. About Japan, we have not considered.

On whether FGR will build a more affordable motorcycle at some time in the future

We will not consider a cheaper bike because production costs will be a constraint. We did something unique, high quality and expensive, and we will stick to that. It will be always limited production.

We thank Miroslav Felgr for taking the time to talk to Faster and Faster. Please visit the official FGR Moto website for more details of the Midalu 2500 V6

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