Each component is studied with techniques and technologies in which art, craftsmanship and industry meet. We follow a testing process usually applied in aeronautics, each component passes thermographic, ultrasound and even tomographic checks. We do a CT scan of each piece to verify the internal structure as well as the external one.
The Leonardo team divides the tasks and each engineer takes care of bringing a single component of the Superleggera V4 project to perfection, carrying out the necessary virtual tests to push each material to the maximum. An important example is the new carbon rear swingarm, where for the first time it has been possible to apply unidirectional carbon, a very difficult material to tame. Unidirectional carbon is highly performing due to the relationship between weight and stiffness, but highly anisotropic and therefore complex to stabilize.
“The complexity of the surfaces greatly influences the possibility of using a futuristic material like single-sided carbon, so we had to completely redesign the geometry of the rear swinging arm to improve it, in a constant dialogue with the design center to remain consistent with Ducati design. Morphological optimisation was one of the activities that occupied us the most in testing and virtual resistance simulations. The result is a specific stiffness ratio never achieved before. A bike lightened in all the most peripheral loads and therefore incredibly more agile and manageable. But also more stable thanks to the new geometries”.