The students get on a motorbike which is fixed to the ground through a special support which lets them tilt to the side. An electric engine which can be set in motion with the accelerator is connected to the front wheel.
How can riders drive through a corner at a very high speed? How can Physics explain why we bank? When the gyroscopic effect comes into play you can tell the rider's skill to keep the motorbike balanced!
DUCATI TWIN CYLINDER ENGINE
We couldn't forget the famous Ducati Twin cylinder L-shaped engine! We lead students to the discovery of the 4-stroke engine, devoting special attention to those details which make Ducati motorbikes unique in the world.
How does the bike's transmission from the engine to the rear wheel take place? The purpose of the workstation is to answer this question in a simple and fun way.
The machine is used in teams: two students operate the pistons, while a third changes the gearbox ratios.
Why, in order to reach a higher speed, do we have to shift gear? What happens inside the engine when we select an higher gear? Which team will bring its motorbike to top speed and how can it do so?
X-BIKE: MUTANT BIKE
A mutant bike, half bike, half bicycle, concludes the GP physics section, introducing students, through intuition and experiment, to the concepts of tourque and power.
The students must get on the X-Bike and pedal: A display shows instantaneous torque and power and gives the time-dependant graph of the two. Which team will be the champion of the Physics MotoGP?