With a throw-back aesthetic and a forward-thinking electric motor, the Barcelona based design firm Arc-Tic has revived the OSSA brand (of 1960′s Grand Prix racing fame) with an all-electric cafe racer concept.
The bike draws its inspiration from the iconic OSSA monocasco 250cc that Spanish racing phenom Santiago Herrero rode to multiple Grand Prix wins until his life was brutally cut short by a crash during the Isle of Man TT. The revolutionary monocasco design used a lightweight exoskeleton instead of a traditional internal frame. While its two-stroke rotary valve engine only produced a modest 30 horse power, the reduced weight allowed Santiago to throw the bike into tighter corners and come out of them with lighting fast acceleration. Other racing teams were confounded by the level of performance the monocasco was getting, and in 1969 Santiago rode it to three Grand Prix wins. However after his fatal crash in 1970, the OSSA team was so devastated that they withdrew from motorcycle racing all together.
The new all-electric monocasco pays tribute to the innovative design of the original and is intended to be a stylish around-town cafe-racer. It’s still just a concept, and like most concepts, it stands a good chance of vanishing without a trace. However, if something as brazenly homely as the Boxx scooter is getting produced, then this gorgeous monocasco should get the green light for sure.