The prototype of the Ducati V21L has all the goods to be an exciting race motorcycle, as it features an electric motor, carbon-fibre body panels, and top-shelf parts from Ohlins and Brembo.
The prototype of Ducati’s first electric race motorcycle, the V21L, has been unveiled. Ducati will supply the V21L for the MotoE 2023 season. The prototype V21L is a result of the joint effort by the Ducati Corse team and Ducati R&D engineers, under the watchful eye of Roberto Cane, Ducati eMobility Director. Another major contributing hand belongs to Michele Pirro, who has been Ducati’s test rider since 2013 and helped develop the technical characteristics and dynamics of the Ducati V21L prototype.
Ducati has not revealed the specifications of the V21L, as it is just in the prototype phase, but some details have been shared. Most body panels on the V21L are made of carbon fibre, which is understandable, as the battery pack on any EV is one of the heaviest components. The use of carbon fibre has helped Ducati shave some weight off the V21L.
‘The bike is light and already has a good balance. The throttle connection in the first opening phase, and the ergonomics are very similar to those of a MotoGP bike. If it weren't for the silence and for the fact that in this test, we decided to limit the power output to just 70 per cent of its performance, I could easily have imagined that I was riding my bike.’ said Michele Pirro after he carried out the testing of the prototype at the Misano race track.
The braking hardware has been sourced from Brembo, and the suspension units have been supplied from Ohlins. In the development of the electric race motorcycle, the size and weight of the battery pack become very challenging. And it is to that end, Ducati has made generous use of carbon fibre. The motorcycle also has a carbon-fibre swingarm. One key factor that Ducati has paid specific attention to is the cooling system of the race bike.
The Prototype Ducati V21L will not go into production anytime soon, but we optimistically expect to see a road-legal performance motorcycle from Ducati, which could be based on the V21L.