Energica, the manufacturer of the Energica Ego – Italy’s first street-legal electric motorcycle with 3D printed parts – has unveiled a new Sport Production Department at its headquarters in Modena.
This 160 sq. meters facility will foster the development of the Ego Corsa, the successor of the Ego racing bike designed for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup as well as other custom projects involving additive manufacturing.
Italian industrial engineering group, CRP Group, through its CNC Machining arm, CRP Meccanica, and its R&D arm specializing in rapid prototyping 3D printing materials CRP Technology, were also attended at the department inauguration as they continue to support the development of Energica’s motorcycles.
The Energica Project
The “Energica” project was established between in 2008 when parent company CRP Group created an all-electric racing bike called “eCRP”. This bike incorporated new manufacturing technologies, such as additive manufacturing “to create a new concept of racing motorcycling.” This has subsequently lead to a line of premium street-legal electric motorcycles.
Earlier this year, CRP Technology with its line of Windform composite materials collaborated with Energica to develop a 3D printed fuse holder, dashboard and seat for the Energica Ego motorcycle. Using selective laser sintering technology with Windform GT and LX polyamide composite reinforced with glass fibers, the dashboard and set components provided strength, stiffness, and non-conductivity, which is ideal for protecting the bikes sensitive electronics.
The Windform materials also enabled a balance of elasticity and impact resistance to absorb shocks as a result of high-speed racing and uneven terrain.
The Energica Corsa
Now, CRP Meccanica and CRP Technology are using its experience in subtractive and additive manufacturing to produce high-performance finished parts and prototypes for the tuned version of the Ego, named the Ego Corsa. The current 2019 model of the Ego Corsa is being used for testing sessions.
“The development is moving forward non-stop since the beginning of the year and we are very satisfied with the results obtained. We will stay focused and continue with the excellent work done so far which is all possible thanks to CRP Meccanica and CRP Technology’s technological support,” said Livia Cevolini, CEO of Energica Motor Company.
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Featured image shows Nicolas Goubert, MotoE Executive Director, Livia Cevolini CEO Energica, and Giampiero Testoni CTO at Energica. Photo via Energica.