Shaping Lightness into Speed Emotions

Interview with Stefano Strappazzon, Superleggera V4 Project Coordinator.

Superleggera V4 is a project that can only be realized in Borgo Panigale, Bologna, at Ducati Motor Holding. It is a project where excellence, engineering and dream come together in a direction as ambitious as it is performative. It is a project that is so ethereal yet so concrete, made of matter, sound, futuristic technologies, speed and intense emotions.

It’s every designer’s dream to work on a project like Superleggera V4. It’s a chance to develop solutions that you could otherwise never bring to market. It’s a unique opportunity to sit down with the team at the start of the project knowing that we’re all there to try to do the best that the company can do, to create a new benchmark from an engineering and research point of view”.

“With the Superleggera V4 we were able to unleash our creativity in terms of technical solutions, materials and processes with the goal of pushing the limits for every specification and achieving maximum performance".

Superleggera V4 is a project in which the dreamy aspect is fundamental. Because the brief is to create a bike that can establish a new engineering peak. This high goal motivated the Ducati staff to do their utmost to think and implement a new development process that has proven to be closer to aeronautics than motorcycling.

With the Superleggera V4 we were able to unleash our creativity in terms of technical solutions, materials and processes with the goal of pushing the limits for every specification and achieving maximum performance. It’s a process similar to what Ducati Corse does for MotoGP, but at the end of the project we have to ensure absolute reliability for the life of the bike, not just for the current racing season. You could almost say that the Superleggera V4 is a MotoGP with mirrors and a number plate holder”.

All calculation methods for component testing come from Ducati Corse. But the Corse team does not guarantee the components for the life of the bike, only for a few races or at least a season. With the Superleggera V4 we use the same technologies and materials that are used for prototypes, but we guarantee the reliability of a motorcycle in series. 

As in aeronautics, we develop an impressive number of virtual simulations, we subject the components to thermographies, tomographies and ultrasound checks. We want each of the 500 models produced to be perfect.

Superleggera V4 is a project where we can use an artisanal – almost artistic – process to design the components and the engine, and then employ all of Ducati’s know-how to ensure the reliability of each component as if it were made industrially. There’s nothing like it in the motorcycling world, it’s really a dream come true”.

Real dreams are anything but inconsistent. From dreams, ideas are generated, ideas become projects, projects become prototypes and prototypes become results and emotions. We must never underestimate dreams. The history of Ducati, as well as its present, show that dreams are the fundamental inspiration behind every project. Without a vision, even utopian, it is not possible to evolve.

“Projects like the Superleggera V4 are demonstration projects, where we show what we can do. But they are also important moments of innovation for the company. Using tests on composite materials we define processes that have a positive influence on the entire company’s know-how.

And the result is amazing, both for the bike’s specs and its performance and, more importantly, as can be seen in the ecstatic faces of our riders when they get off the bike after testing”.

An investment in research and development that is really important for us, especially if we consider that it focuses on just 500 limited edition models.

The Superleggera V4 is an extremely Ducati project, in which we progressively engineer each unknown, cross feasibility barriers and shape lightness into the total emotion of speed.

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Superleggera V4 is a Ducati project in every way, in which we have tried to respond to the unknowns with engineering, overcoming the limits of feasibility and transforming lightness into the total emotion of speed.

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152,2 Kg dry weight for 234 HP (in race configuration) for this incredible product. These numbers are achieved thanks to the full carbon fiber frame and a vast use of titanium and magnesium components.

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