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MotoE World Cup: 3D printed Ego Corsa motorbikes race ahead in first round

CRP Group and Energica teamed up to manufacture the electric motorbikes in just three months

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After facing a major setback in March, Italian 3D printing company CRP Group and Energica’s 3D printed electric motorcycles made a successful debut in the first round of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at the Sachsenring racetrack in Germany.

Known for its composite 3D printing and materials, CRP Technology has become an important partner of the Energica Motor Company, 3D printing various composite parts for its Ego Corsa electric motorcycles, which raced in the MotoE World Cup. This year, it is an especially notable achievement that the bikes are competing, as a major fire at the Jerez Circuit in March threatened to slow and even halt the racing competition.

The fire ripped through a new paddock at the circuit, destroying tons of materials and nearly 20 Ego Corsa bikes. Amazingly, CRP Technology, CRP Meccanica and Energica pulled themselves together in record time, rebuilding all the Ego Corsa motorcycles in less than three months. The successful conclusion of the MotoE World Cup’s first round in Germany is a testament to the partners’ dedication.

“This data makes us very proud and pays us back for all the efforts we made,” said Franco Cevolini, CEO and CTO at CRP. “Mounted on all the Ego Corsa machines that have raced on Sachsenring racetrack and that will be racing, there are many parts built by CRP companies using additive and subtractive technologies: CRP Technology manufactured some parts via professional 3D printing using Windform composite materials, CRP Meccanica manufactured many components using high precision CNC machining. Therefore, CRP Technology and CRP Meccanica’s contribution to MotoE has not been limited to the R&D phase, but to supply Energica with end-use components for racing.”

MotoE World Cup Ego Corsa
Niki Tuuli, winner of the first round FIM Enel MotoE World Cup

As Cevolini emphasizes, the Ego Corsa integrates a number of 3D printed components, including details of the battery pack, the motor terminal cover and transponder holder. Other battery pack parts, as well as parts for the rear suspension and motor were made using CRP’s CNC machining capabilities.

“CRP Meccanica and CRP Technology boast more than 50 years of activity in the world of F1 and in the most advanced industry sectors,” added Cevolini. “Through our experience and know-how, our motto is: work hard, fast and provide excellent services. But above all, for the key to success it is crucial to understand customer needs before [offering] a solution. This is what we have done with Energica, when we took sides and supported them in rebuilding all the machines after the Jerez fire.”

Prior to the first round of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, Energica tested the newly manufactured bikes in Valencia over the course of eight days. During the testing, each bike completed 80 laps a session for a total of 2,208 km. Now, following the successful conclusion of the race’s first round, the 3D printed electric motorbikes are gearing up to race in the second round of the competition.

“Words cannot express how excited I was to finally see the inaugural race of the FIM MotoE World Cup!” said Energica CEO Livia Cevolini after the first round of races in Germany. “Our Energica Ego Corsa machines, ridden by these incredibly talented riders, stole the show today and I cannot wait for the second race to begin. We are extremely happy with how the weekend unfolded and with the performance of the bikes—and so are the riders, given the great feedback we received in the official press conference.”

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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