NMI management by then had lost faith in MCD ever to come up with a working, production-ready motorcycle, and desperately needed something to show their investors for their money. A contract was drawn up giving us just over 4 months to come up with a rideable prototype for them.
It now escapes us why Adam White/Factory Design did not get the job to do the styling. He was probably busy on other projects. Another designer we knew- and, incidently, a man who had done some drawings to try and improve that hash of a design, the bodywork of the V8 "Dementis", was called in, John Keogh.
John came up with ideas we liked and the prototype rolling chassis was fabricated and shipped off to England to get the design done in clay and, later, in glass fibre.
We still think the design is a milestone in motorcycle design. It was an uncompromizingly modern and radical design that, to our amazement, practically everybody fell for who saw it- Norton traditionalists, young motorcyclists, even the ladies. By the time it was finished and ready to ride- only 120 days after we got the job- NMI was already bankrupt, so we ended up with the sole prototype.