Published on June 14th, 2010 | by Susanna Schick1
CRP Technology Launches the eCRP Electric Motorcycle for TTXGP and Beyond
The first Italian purpose-built production electric superbike, the eCRP takes full advantage of CRP Technology’s rich history of race engineering success. CRP has been making critical parts for Formula 1, WRC, MotoGP and top Italian supercar manufacturers since the early 1970’s.
I was lucky enough to be treated to a full tour of their Modena headquarters, just around the way from the Ducati, Lamborghini & Ferrari factories. Given Italy’s rich history of high-performance motor vehicle design and CRP’s deep experience in the field, I suspect the eCRP has a good chance of holding her own against her legendary gas-powered sisters — Ducati, Aprilia, MV Agusta et al. As you can see in the photo above, this bike is clearly designed in Italy. OK, so it’s not red, but the lines are gorgeous. The bikes for the TTXGP will be delivered unpainted so teams can paint to their sponsor’s specs.
First, the Specs
The eCRP 1.2 is loaded with the following:
- Twin Agni 95 DC motors
- Voltage: 92V
- Batteries: Packs starting from 7.4 KWh
- On-Board Battery Management System
- Charging Time: ~3 hours
- Endurance: Over 40 Km in TTXGP Configuration
- Top Speed: ~200 Km/hour
- Weight ~160 Kg
- Custom Ohlins rear shock
- Marzocchi D.43 Superbike forks
- Floating wave rotors
- Brembo 4 piston radial caliper front brakes
- Marchesini or OZ wheels
- CRP-built Aluminum cast alloy Chassis
- Windows software
- USB based system to enable peripherals
- MSRP €40,000
- Lease options also available: €5,000+VAT for single race or €18,000+VAT for entire season, + €10,000 Deposit
Race Engineering Runs in the Family
Franco Cevolini, Chairman and Technical Director, pictured above with Technical Director Giampiero Testoni, showed me the broad range of equipment and materials they use to manufacture high-performance parts. CRP is most well-known for their proprietary polyamide carbon blend material, Windform, which they use to build a wide range of parts using selective laser sintering. Unlike most rapid prototyping, these are not molds or samples but the actual parts, everything from valve covers to critical fairing (bodywork) sections. Race teams email their new technical drawings before the day’s end, then CRP fires up the SLS machine and have a new part ready to ship to the track the next morning.
The family-owned company is run by two generations of Cevolini family engineers. The bulk of my information came from Livia, the youngest, and CRP’s Marketing & Sales Director. Her brother, Franco Cevolini joined us to give the tour of the factory and racing departments. In the racing department we met with the founder, Franco and Livia’s father Roberto, who was busy working on their Moto2 bike.
Because all Moto2 competitors are given a sealed engine, they had tested the bike in their wind tunnel to see if there was any way to improve the bike’s aerodynamics. They had a rather interesting tank cover, but essentially had found no real advantage could be made in the wind tunnel, so he was working out how to make the bike exit turns more quickly. With a field of around 40 of the world’s most blood-thirsty young riders on identical engines, Moto2 is the most competitive series today, making it an extreme proving ground for all involved. I suspect that a lot of the lessons they’re learning in Moto2 will translate well to the twin Agni-powered eCRP.
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