Read that headline again: Suter MMX 500 Two-Stroke To Race Isle Of Man TT. That’s right, Suter’s 580cc V-4 two-stroke grand prix replica is going to compete at the Isle of Man TT this year, not just parade around for a celebration lap. The news was reported on the official Isle of Man TT website, wherein it was also announced the MMX 500 would compete in both the Superbike class and the TT’s premier category: The six-lap Senior TT. If you’re not familiar with the MMX 500, you can read more about it here.
Only 99 of the MMX 500 two-strokes will be built, at roughly $123,000 a pop, and Eskil Suter himself is confident the machine will be competitive in the field. The former grand prix rider and CEO of Suter mentioned in the announcement that the MMX 500 will include features like electronic fuel injection and counter-rotating crankshafts. Suter continued, saying “We have phenomenally good power-to-weight ratio. She drives like a bicycle with rocket propulsion.”
Perhaps more interesting, however, is the notion that the MMX 500 could carry some trickle down technology to a possible revival of road-legal two-stroke motorcycles. In the announcement, Suter stated his firm had been in collaboration with “a renowned university” and claimed to have found “solutions to the challenge of the emissions and got it under control,” adding that the TT would be used as a testing ground.
Suter haven’t yet announced who would pilot the MMX 500 at the Isle this year. Suter’s Marketing Director Phillip Soutter said, “We are currently negotiating with two former TT winners. We want an experienced rider and the best suited to us would be an old TT warhorse.” With that, some possible names that come to mind are Bruce Anstey, Cameron Donald, and Ian Hutchinson.