One of the most exciting, soul stirring moments of any motorsports event is when the high revving, fuel sucking machines respond in unison to the command, “Gentlemen start your engines!” On June 12, the sounds and smells of combustion engines will be replaced by the emission-free whizzing of electric motorcycles as they take turns rocketing […]
CRP to Unveil Energica Electric Prototype Online Ahead of EICMA
Italian electric motorcycle company CRP will unveil a running prototype of its upcoming Energica streetbike at the Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum. The presentation will take place Nov. 7 and will be streamed live over the Internet, giving the public the chance to see the Energica before it will be the focus of CRP’s stand at the EICMA show a week later.
A concept version of the Energica was shown at last year’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy, but the CRP is ready to present its fully operational prototype for 2012. Though the company did not compete in either the TTXGP or FIM e-Power electric racing series this year, CRP does boast a racing heritage behind its Energica.
The CRP Energica is based on the company’s eCRP race bike first unveiled in 2010. Later that year, CRP and racer Alessandro Branetti won the TTXGP‘s European Championship before finishing second in the World Championship final to Muench Racing and rider Matthias Himmelmann. CRP followed that up with a third place finish in the 2011 TTXGP European circuit.
This year, CRP focused on developing the production model instead of racing, though the company did hold a track day test in June with members of the press racing against each other on the eCRP.
We’ll have to wait for Nov. 7 for the official specifications for the Energica, but they should be a performance improvement on the eCRP 1.4. The 1.4 model is powered by a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor, with CRP claiming an output of 134.1 hp and 115.7 ft-lb. CRP also claims a top speed of 137 mph and a range of 93 miles. As a racebike, the eCRP is equipped with radial-mount Brembo calipers gripping OZ forged aluminum wheels. CRP used Marzocchi and Ohlins forks while the the rear monoshocks used were from Matris and Ohlins.