After four years with Energica Ego Corsa, Ducati will take over the responsibility of distributing MotoE from the 2023. Season V21L was launched in Borgo Panigale on Thursday. 18 motorcycles of this type will compete for the crown in the electric field next year.
Important data: The Ducati MotoE motorcycle weighs a total of 225 kg, which is 12 kg lighter than the minimum requirements set by Dorna and FIM for a motorcycle that can complete the race distance. The maximum power is 150 hp and the maximum torque is 140 meters of Newton. On a track like Mugello, a speed of 275 km / h is possible.
Battery measurements follow the natural motion of the central area of the motorcycle. The battery pack weighs 110 kg and has a capacity of 18 kWh and a 20 kW charge socket connected to the back. Inside there are 1,152 “21700” cylinder cells.
The built-in inverter, with its minimum weight of 5 kg, is based on the high performance model used in electric motor racing, while the motor (21 kg with a weight and top speed of 18,000 rpm) was manufactured by the dealer. according to Ducati technical specifications became. The whole system relies on a voltage of 800V (when the battery is fully charged) to increase the performance of the electric train and thus the performance and diversity.
One of the most advanced technical solutions involves the cooling system. The model components are cooled by a liquid system of both modern and advanced circuits, which correspond to the different temperature requirements of the battery and motor / inverter unit. This proves even heat, which is not only a great advantage for regular power supply, but also for charging times. It is not necessary to cool the battery to start charging: Ducati’s MotoE machine can be charged immediately after returning to the holes. It takes about 45 minutes to reach up to 80 percent of the range.
The carbon battery charger also works as part of the chassis. This construction is similar to the Ducati Panigale V4, where the engine is an auxiliary element and is connected to the front frame of an aluminum monocoque that weighs only 3.7 kg. The back has a 4.8 kg aluminum swingarm with the same geometry as the Ducati Desmosedici used in MotoGP. The small rear section, which connects the rear end to the driver’s seat, is made of carbon.
The suspension consists of Öhlins NPX 25/30 gas pressure fork with a diameter of 43 mm. This suspension fork comes from Superleggera V4. In the background there is a Öhlins TTX36 vacuum cleaner that can be fully customized. The operating damper can also be fully replaced and is also made by Öhlins.
The brake system is supplied by Brembo and is designed for the specific needs of MotoE. Two metal discs with a diameter of 338.5 mm are placed in front. The thickness of the brake discs varies between 6.8 and 7.4 millimeters. The inner ring has cooled fins to increase the surface area and thus provide better heat in adverse conditions of use on the track. Two GP4RR M4 32/36 buttons are installed, which are operated via a radial brake pump PR19 / 18. On the rear wheel, the P34 brake caliper operates on a single disk with a diameter of 220 millimeters and a thickness of 5 millimeters, which is controlled by a PS13 brake pump. Teams can also voluntarily place their bikes to control the rear brakes on the left grip, which the rider can use as an alternative to the foot brake.
The Ducati Corse test team, led by Marco Palmerini, was also involved in the creation of the Ducati MotoE machine, working on the track using the same methods as the MotoGP, thanks also to the support of operators such as Michele Pirro, Alex De Angelis and Chaz Davies. By operating on electricity, a throttle response must be obtained which is similar to an internal combustion engine. The response to electronic devices (such as pull control, slide control, wheel control and gas / brake maps) should not differ from that of race bikes that Ducati riders are accustomed to.