Ducati presented the prototype of the motorcycle that will be used at the MotoE 2023 World Championship. It is called V21L, has a 110 kW (150 hp) engine, a weight of 225 kg and a top speed of 275 km / h. Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali rode it on the track: “The result we have obtained is amazing. Going back to the pits, I felt great pride in what we were able to create once again. »
In Modena, the managers of the Borgo Panigale factory yesterday presented the technical details of the MotoE project, which has a strategic relevance, allowing the development of future skills while maintaining the focus that has always fueled the Ducati spirit: experimenting with solutions technological in the world of racing so that everything that develops can then land on motorcycles aimed at fans.
The initials V21L identify the first Ducati electric motorcycle, the prototype that will compete in the MotoE FIM World Cup from 2023: the Bologna manufacturer will be the only supplier with 18 motorcycles on track during each race weekend.
Now, however, the V21L looks like a sporty Ducati: the MotoE with Bolognese sauce weighs 225 kg (12 less than the minimum requirements imposed by DORNA and the FIM), has a power of 110 kW (150 hp) and a torque of 140 Nm . During the tests on the Mugello circuit straight, he reached a speed of 275 km / h.
One of the critical elements of a MotoE is the batteries, which are limiting in terms of mass and dimensions. Here the pack consists of 1152 cylindrical cells of the type “21,700”, has a shape that follows the normal course of the central area of the motorcycle, weighs 110 kg and has a capacity of 18 kWh. The external battery case is made of carbon fiber and serves as a frame, similar to the one on the Panigale V4. The pivot is supported by an aluminum monocoque front frame that weighs 3.7 kg, at the back there is an aluminum rocker that weighs 4.8 kg and has a geometry very similar to that of the MotoGP prototype. The rear loop, which integrates the pilot seat and the fairing, into which the charging socket is inserted, is also made of carbon fiber.
The inverter, with a reduced weight of 5 kg, is a unit derived from a high-performance model used in electric vehicle competitions, while the engine (weight of 21 kg and a maximum rotational speed of 18,000 rpm ) was developed by a partner. following the technical specifications provided by Ducati. The whole system is based on an 800V voltage with a fully charged battery.
One of the most interesting points concerns the cooling, obtained with a particularly sophisticated liquid system: it has double circuit to cover the different thermal needs of the battery pack and the motor / inverter group, and has the great advantage of allowing immediate recharging , that is, without waiting for the battery to cool down: it takes about 45 minutes to reach 80% autonomy.
Next to the suspension, there is a Öhlins NPX 25/30 pressure fork with 43 mm diameter inverted bars derived from the Superleggera V4 at the front, while at the rear there is a fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber. The Brembo brake system has been dimensioned according to the specifications of the Ducati MotoE. It consists of a 338.5 mm double steel disc with an increased thickness: it has fins in the internal diameter to improve cooling and is attached to two GP4RR M4 clamps with radial pump. At the rear, the P34 clamp acts on a single disk block 220 mm in diameter. A control on the left handlebar also activates the rear brake.
Ducati Corse test teams, led by Marco Palmerini, also participated in the development, which applied the same methodologies used in MotoGP and worked with riders Michele Pirro, Alex De Angelis and Chaz Davies. The goal was to achieve a throttle response similar to that of gasoline engines and electronic control behavior equal to that of classic racing motorcycles.
“I remember well the birth of the MotoE project and each phase of the composition of the work team”, said Roberto Canè, director of Ducati eMobility, “With the involvement of Ducati Corse colleagues and the search for contacts within the Volkswagen group who could give us suggestions on how to develop this project. To make this bike we have followed the same procedure that we usually follow on a production bike. We started defining the design and at the same time the technical office started designing the different components of the vehicle. The initial goal was to create a racing bike that meets the minimum performance required by Dorna. In fact, this project has enamored and enamored the whole team and pushes us to create a machine with better characteristics than those initially requested by the organizer ”.
Contacts within the VW Group have allowed many skills to be exploited and Ducati is in contact especially with the Salzgitter Center of Excellence (COE) in Germany, but also with other Group brands such as Porsche and Lamborghini.
In short, things are going very well and confirms the CEO of Ducati Claudio Domenicali: “A few weeks ago I had the extraordinary opportunity to ride the Ducati MotoE on the track and I immediately realized that I was living a historic moment. The world is going through a complex period and environmental sustainability is something that all people and companies must consider as a priority if we want to preserve the fragile balance of the planet. As Ducati, we took advantage of this need and went in search of a challenge that would allow us to contribute to the common goal of reducing CO2 emissions and at the same time staying true to our competitive DNA. We resolutely agree to develop the most efficient competition electric bike that allows current technology and use this project as a laboratory to build our future. The result we have reached is amazing. As soon as I sat down at the machine I realized the quality of the work done by the team and when I got back to the box I was very proud of what we were able to create once again. ”