Earlier this year we learned that Italian additive manufacturing company CRP Technology would play a critical role in the development of Ego Corsa, an electric racebike designed by Italian motorcycle manufacturer Energica. The motorbike, which is expected to compete in the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, is moving ahead in its development with the help of 3D printed parts, CRP Technology tells us.
According to an update by the company, the 2019 Ego Corsa prototype was recently tested at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands with a new 3D printed fairing. The 3D printed component, manufactured by CRP Technology using its Windform XT 2.0 carbon-fiber reinforced composite material and laser sintering, reportedly offers improved aerodynamics for the electric racer.
CRP Technology’s Windform XT 2.0 is a high performing SLS material which has broad applications in the motorsports sector, the automotive industry, as well as in aerospace. Some of the robust carbon fiber reinforced composite’s main qualities are high stiffness, good strength and reduced weight.
One of the benefits of using 3D printing technology in the development of new parts for the Ego Corsa motorbike has been a quick prototyping turnaround. In other words, additive manufacturing has been leveraged to quickly redesign, iterate and test modified motorcycle components to determine an optimal design. Notably, CRP Technology says it has been able to produce even large parts and integrate them into the Ego Corsa’s build from “one race to the next” for testing directly on the track.
Prototyping turnaround isn’t the only advantage, however, as the 3D printed fairing has also offered performance benefits to the electric motorbike.
“This fairing is not only more aerodynamic,” said the Energica technical staff about the 3D printed part. “But it also has a smaller frontal and lateral section. These improvements led to achieve increase in terms of performance and they led to achieve greater manageability in fast corners. Windform XT 2.0 has once again proved to be a high performance composite material. We are very happy how the new 3D printed fairing behaved during the tests.”
In moving the motorcycle’s development ahead, Energica will continue to test the prototype for the 2019 Ego Corsa with the help of its test riders Alessandro Brannetti and Loris Capirossi. Notably, the motorbike was just tested at Germany’s famous Sachsenring circuit, where current World Supersport championship leader and the first all-time Moto3 World Champion Sandro Cortese rode the Ego Corsa in the ninth demo lap of the year.
Ultimately, the electric motorbike is headed to the 2019 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, where it will race and compete against other electric motorcycles. 2019 marks the inaugural year for the MotoE competition.
Both Energica and CRP Technology are part of Italian industrial group CRP Group.