From 2023, the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup will feature a new generation of motorcycles from the hand of Italian manufacturer Ducati, replacing Energica Motor Company, a firm that has accompanied the electric category since it was premiered back in 2019.
Energica Motor Company was in charge of creating the Energica Ego Corsa, official bike of the competition that, as originally planned, would run on the tracks for three years (until 2021), but the organization opted for one more year alongside the brand.
Now, MotoE™ has decided to give way to Ducati for the fifth season to be held in 2023, through a three-year contract, during which time it intends to exploit the full potential of the new vehicle that will star in the series.
The weight of the motorcycle is undoubtedly one of the main aspects to be improved. The Energica Ego Corsa weighed 225 kg, a factor t,hat prevented it from exceeding a speed of 260 km/h (160 mph). Therefore, during the official announcement of the new supplier, the CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, Claudio Domenicali, promised “an electric motorcycle with high performance and made to prove that it is light”.
“Weight is a fundamental element of sport bikes and where the biggest challenge will be. Lightness has always been in Ducati’s DNA and thanks to technology and battery chemistry, which are evolving rapidly, we are sure we can achieve excellent results,” Domenicali said of the new project.
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FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup Enel MotoE™ CEO, Nicolas Goubert, commented on the category’s first three seasons with the Energica bike, stating that thanks to it, they have been able to put on incredible shows despite various unforeseen challenges.
“It was not an easy task to undertake and it was very new in many ways, but we have succeeded and it was thanks to a joint effort between all the parties involved,” Goubert commented, while applauding the fact the reliability of the Ego Corsa.
“None of the 18 drivers encountered any mechanical failure during any of the races we enjoyed over the three seasons. Their ability to respond quickly and efficiently to our requests and those of the riders and teams,” he concluded.
Founded in 1926 in Bologna, Italy, Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. is a leading manufacturer in the motorcycle industry.
Since 1970, it has increasingly accentuated its presence in motorcycling sports, a field in which it is widely known for not only the number of participations, but also for the prestigious trophies obtained through MotoGP and the World Superbike Constructors’ Championship.
After years of studying electric propulsion systems, the company will now enter a competition that will allow them to play a fundamental role in developing the sustainable motorcycles of the present and future.
Written by | Osward Rubio