Shown to the world in December 2021, Ducati has now revealed particulars of its Ducati V21L electric racing bike (e-bike). Designed to compete within the MotoE class, the place Ducati is the only real supplier of competitors e-bikes within the FIM Moto-E World Cup, with 18 bikes on the observe throughout every race weekend.
The V21L leverages on Ducati’s expertise in bike racing on the topmost stage, MotoGP and World Superbikes, in a technical collaboration between the assorted Ducati departments in Borgo Panigale. Ducati R&D took care of the challenge administration, along with the design and simulations on the electric powertrain, whereas the design of the V21L was completed by the Centro Stile Ducati, additionally answerable for the racing livery.
As for the racing division, Ducati Corse, the digital elements design, software program controls and techniques, simulations of trip dynamics and bike aerodynamics fell beneath its purview. Final accountability for bike meeting, testing and information acquisition naturally fell beneath Ducati racing division, with bike testing carried out by riders Michele Pirro, Alex De Angelis and Chaz Davies.
Weighing in at 225 kg, the V21L is definitely 12 kg lower than the minimal requirement imposed by Dorna and FIM for a MotoE e-bike able to finishing race distance. Coupled with most energy and torque numbers of 150 hp and 140 Nm, respectively, the V21L reached speeds of 275 km/h throughout testing at Mugello, Italy.
The battery pack which includes of 1,152 ‘21700’ cells, weighs 110 kg and has a capability of 18 kWh with a 20 kW charging socket built-in into the V21L’s tail unit. The 5 kg inverter is derived from a unit utilized in electric automobile racing whereas the motor itself weighs 21 kg and has a most rotation pace of 18,000 rpm.
Conforming to the form of the V21L’s mid-section, the battery pack takes about 45 minutes to recharge to 80% capability and runs on a double circuit designed to satisfy the completely different thermal wants of the battery pack and the motor/inverter unit, permitting for quick charging and no necessity for cool-down. The carbon-fibre battery pack casing acts as a harassed a part of the chassis, following the design of Ducati’s race and tremendous bikes.
Suspension options an Ohlins NPX 25/30 suspension with 43 mm diameter upside-down forks, whereas the rear finish is held up with an Ohlins TTX36 shock absorber, together with adjustable Ohlins steering damper. The braking system is provided by Brembo and is sized for the particular necessities of the Ducati MotoE, with double metal 338.5 mm diameter discs on the entrance wheel, with GP4RR M4 32/36 calipers and a PR19/18 radial grasp cylinder.
Meanwhile, for the rear brake, a P34 caliper clamps a single 220 mm disc, matched with a. PS13 grasp cylinder. Teams are given the choice to both use a rear brake pedal, or a left hand handlebar rear brake lever.