The statistics of the first MotoE championship experienced by Ducati as sole supplier speak of a competitive and constantly evolving category. 23 bikes in the field, the top speed is over 280 km/h and the new features for the 2024 Ducati MotoE are already in development
September 26, 2023
The World Championship MotoE ended on September 9th with the world championship victory for 24 year old Mattia Casadeiwho stood out over 17 other riders riding the Ducati V21Lthe first electric prototype for the Borgo Panigale company which in 2023 began its journey as sole supplier for the world championship of electric-powered motorcycles, the FIM Enel MotoE World Championship.
From the V21L we have spoken to you several times and we have followed the development path, which began more than two years before its debut on the track: it is a prototype designed and built to combine maximum race performance with the needs in terms of dimensions and layout typical of a motorbike electric: the result – shown in June 2022 – immediately attracted the attention of professionals and enthusiasts. First of all, the weight, the key point of every electric motorbike: 225 kg, 12 kg less than the minimum requirements imposed by Dorna and FIM, with a weight distribution of 54% at the front and 46% at the rear) and a wheelbase of 1,471 mm. Maximum power and torque (110 kW-150 HP and 140 Nm respectively) allowed the Mugello to exceed the data recorded before the debut in terms of top speed, scoring 282 km/h on the long straight of the Tuscan circuit.
Il battery pack – liquid cooled – weighs 110 kg it has a case made of carbon fiber and is made up of 1,152 cylindrical battery cells of the “21700” type, i.e. cells 70 mm long and 21 mm in diameter, the best performing cells available on the market when the MotoE project started, probably a choice almost obligatory to be able to distribute them in order to fill all the available space inside the motorbike.
16 races were held with the V21L, with a series of interesting statistics – communicated by Ducati – which highlighted a substantial balance and hard-fought races: of the 18 registered riders, well eight have won at least one race and ten, or more than half the grid, have reached the podium at least once with four riders who remained mathematically in contention for the world title until the last round.
During the race, the V21L was able to improve the previous lap times on each circuit, even lowering the lap records for the category by margins of up to three seconds. Furthermore, in almost all circuits the V21L prototype was able to also breaking the records of the Moto3 category. In the French Grand Prix, the first of the season, all the drivers on the grid were faster than the previous record.
The Ducati V21L she was also recently the protagonist of the edition 2023 at IAA MOBILITY in Monaco, where it was displayed with a special livery inspired by the sporting history of the Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer. The new graphics are characterized by Ducati Red combined with the white of the number plates, the gold details and the black of the exposed carbon fiber and was created by the Ducati Style Center in collaboration with Aldo Drudi.
The next development tests on the Ducati MotoE will begin shortly, with the aim of further improving the performance of this fascinating and ambitious project in view of the next world championship season. In fact, the commitment to experimenting with new technologies continues, to acquire further experience and skills preparatory to the future creation of one Ducati electric sports motorcycleas expressed several times by Ducati which has never made a secret of considering MotoE also a way to test and develop solutions to bring to series production in the future.
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The numbers of the 2023 MotoE World Championship
– 35 Ducati people involved in the “V21L” project
– 33 years is the average age of the Ducati people involved in the project
– 23 “V21L” Ducatis produced (18 delivered to the teams, 5 as spares always ready for use in the Ducati garage)
– 471 total number of track laps covered
– 38,500 kilometers traveled in total
– 1080 the number of top-ups made
– 26,496 battery cells used in total
– 1.4 MWh the amount of energy regenerated during braking
– 282 km/h the maximum speed reached (Italian GP, Mugello, 10 June 2023)
– 2.5” the average acceleration value 0-100 km/h recorded by the V21L
– 2.2” the average improvement in lap times compared to the previous season
– 9.27″ the average gap in the top-10, 2.77″ the minimum (German GP, race 1)
– 3.04″ the average gap of the top-5, 0.49″ the minimum (GP Catalunya, race 2)
– 0.43″ the average gap between the winner and second (including 3 wet races), 0”021 the minimum (San Marino race 1)
– 10 drivers on the podium (out of 18 participants)
– 8 different winners (out of 18 participants) demonstrating the balance of the championship
– 7 i team on the podium (its 9)
– 5 teams won at least one race (out of 9) as further proof of the level of the participants
– 10 positions recovered in the best comeback by a driver in the race (Austrian GP, race 1)