Electricity from 275 km/h to Mugello

Manufacturer Borgo Panigale has announced the technical data of the electric prototype that will be the protagonist next year at the Fim World Moto E. The 150-horsepower engine powered by an 18 kWh battery serves as a carrier element.

Luca Frigerio

– Milan

In 2023, Ducati will be the champion in MotoE with the new V21L engine. The electric Borgo Panigale prototype was revealed last year, but the Italian brand has finally announced the numbers we’ve been waiting for: power, weight, top speed and battery capacity. Let’s find out all the technical details of the first zero-emissions bike that we will see as the protagonist at next year’s World Championships.

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Unlike the MotoE-powered Energica, the Ducati is not a series-derived motorcycle but a true racing prototype, laying the foundations for a future model from the home of Borgo Panigale. Lots of carbon fiber, starting with the aerodynamic: the lines are very streamlined and directed to the windshield very reminiscent of a Panigale V4. Unlike the super sports cars we’re used to, there are no aerodynamic fins, this is to reduce impact with the air and improve performance. Note closely that every detail is very precise and the charging socket, which accepts power of 20 kWh (to reach 805 charges in 45 minutes), from the batteries is hidden in the tail: the wheelbase of 1471 mm emphasizes the compact dimensions and gives the appearance relative to a conventional motorcycle, there is Also the dual radiator hidden behind the front wheel, one for bacterial cooling and the secondary (smaller) for the motor and the inverter.

Ducati Moto: Chassis

Drawing from experience in Superbike and production models, Ducati focused on the front-frame chassis of the V4 engine and the battery pack used as a compact element (in fact, in conventional models, the internal combustion engine is the payload-bearing). The aluminum swingarm, on the other hand, is mounted to the compact electric motor, which is supported by a Holins chassis. Up front, there is an Npx 25/30 compression fork while in the rear there is a Ttx 36 mono shock absorber, both of which are fully adjustable. Brembo braking system with radial calipers and two 338.5mm steel discs to handle the most demanding braking sections. The most interesting thing is that unlike the current MotoE which doesn’t allow for chassis changes, technicians at Ducati Electric will be able to change the axle position and steering head angle, just like on MotoGP bikes. Furthermore, the electronic package is also more complex than the current package: pilots will be able to vary the bike’s traction, drift and control interference and the accelerator response.

Moto Ducati: Powertrain

The soul of the Ducati V21L is the 18 kWh battery. The package consists of a carbon fiber housing, contains 1152 cylindrical cells, has a gross weight of 110 kg, and does not have a rectangular shape to contain the overall dimensions. Compared to Energica, the capacity is slightly lower and the system operates at 800 volts, in fact, as repeatedly mentioned by Borgo Panigale, technicians focused on the lighting factor. On the other hand, the engine is very compact and has been developed together with the other components that make up the powertrain with the support of external suppliers and car brands such as Audi and Lamborgnini, who are very experienced in electrification. The result is a 225 kg electric motorcycle (about 22 less than the current MotoE, with a 54% distribution at the front), a maximum power of 150 hp (about 13 less than the Energica) and a maximum torque of 140 Nm, a value that allows it to shoot from a standstill (as we’ve seen) as the MotoGP desmo sixteen. Moreover, the Italian engineers, without exaggerating the lap times, announced a top speed of Mugello of 275 km / h. The bike is now already able to complete the minimum race laps mandated by Dhorna, but testing will also continue in light of 2025 when we’ll see the second generation Ducati MotoE.

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