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Fast Radius and Curtiss Motorcycles Partner to Fast-track production of Zeus 8 Motorcycle

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Curtiss Motorcycles unveiled the Zeus 8 motorcycle at the quail motorsports gathering in Carmel, California

Above: The Zeus 8 motorcycle from Curtiss Motorcycles/Image Credit: Curtiss Motorcycles

Fast Radius and Curtiss Motorcycles today announced a partnership to utilize hybrid manufacturing processes to create the highly-acclaimed Zeus 8 motorcycle. The innovative design of the Zeus 8 is highlighted by its distinctive V8-style battery housings and its modular monocoque frame made with aluminium and enhanced with carbon fiber.

Using three separate legacy and additive manufacturing processes, Fast Radius produced more than 60 parts and components for the bike at more than 95 percent yield. Curtiss unveiled the Zeus 8 at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, CA on Friday.

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Above: Fast Radius partnered with Curtiss Motorcycles to fast-track the production of the Zeus 8 motorcycle/Image Credit: Curtiss Motorcycles

Speaking about the Zeus 8 motorcycle production, H. Matthew Chambers, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Curtiss said, “Curtiss’ mission is to ‘create sustainable, desirable, intergenerational, mean, clean, and green future-proof hot rod motorcycles. Fast Radius’ best-in-class hybrid manufacturing approach and operational efficiencies will enable us to deliver the Zeus 9 on time—satisfying the strong demand from our global audience.”

Fast Radius and Curtiss are already in production on the first 100 Zeus 8 bikes, available to the public in 2020. Both companies expect to collaborate on future iterations of the Zeus, as well as Curtiss’ upcoming models including Hades, Psyche, and Eros—the latter two of which will be priced competitively with Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire electric motorcycle. Fast Radius and Curtiss plan to utilize both legacy and additive manufacturing processes in the creation of these machines.

According to Chambers, “Bringing Zeus’ advanced design to life wasn’t easy. We knew that we would need a partner like Fast Radius, who could innovate with us, not just make the parts.”

Commenting on the partnership with Curtiss, Brian Simms, VP of Sales at Fast Radius said, “Our partnership with Curtiss is ideal because it allows them to do what they do best—designing stunning motorcycles—while we do what we do best—matching the project with the right technology and getting quality parts made quickly. We’re looking forward to innovating with Curtiss as they grow their brand.”

Fast Radius helps make new things possible for today’s leading product companies – whether that’s unlocking new business models through legacy or additive manufacturing, helping them make formerly “unmakeable” products.


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