Pratt & Miller is an engineering powerhouse. Best known for its work with General Motors--the firm developed the LeMans-winning Corvette C5-R and C6.Rs, the SCCA champion Cadillac CTS-V, and so many more--the company also consults with, among others, the US Military, developing everything from "unmanned tactical wheeled vehicles" to ballistic missiles. With a remarkable amount of engineering talent and resources available--including the world's most powerful privately owned supercomputer--Pratt & Miller is one of the most accomplished engineering companies anywhere. What are they doing partnering with tiny upstart American motorcycle manufacturer named Motus?
Motus, based in Birmingham, Alabama, and run by a former medical supply salesperson named Lee Conn along with Brian Case, an industrial designer previously with Confederate, originally approached Pratt & Miller just to develop the steel trellis frame and transmission for its MST sport-touring motorcycle. As the project progressed, and the Pratt & Miller team became more impressed with the Motus effort and the opportunity it presented, the engineering firm transitioned from contractor to partner, eventually putting the Pratt & Miller Engineering name on the bike. That's an endorsement.