eCRP Energica Electric Superbike Set for Production
Energica is the creation of Italian outfit CRP Group, a Modena-based company that specialises in CNC machining and 3D printing for motorsports, aerospace and product design.
CRP was one of the first teams to sign up for the TTXGP motorcycle racing series in both 2010 and 2011. In actual fact, the eCRP racebike won the 2010 TTXGP Europe Championship, and was subsequently the runner-up in the TTXGP World Championship in the same year.
Besides this experience, Energica can also count on knowledge gained from four-wheele motorsports; CRP is an established technological partner of many international racing teams currently involved with F1, Nascar, Rally Raid and Le Mans.
After two years of racing with the electric eCRP racebike, the company eventually decided to bring all of its track-based experience to the street in the form of the road-going Energica. Towards the end of 2012, CRP unveiled a near-production-ready prototype of the Energica at the EICMA show in Milan.
With 100 kW of power, CRP claims the Energica is capable of speeds up to 220 km/h (137 mph) and a range of 150 km (93 miles) on a single charge, due in part to a power-train efficiency close to 95 percent. The vehicle package includes such features as a ride-by-wire throttle, Brembo disc brakes, Ohlins suspension, digital LCD dashboard and LED lights.
The 2014 CRP Energica will be made available for 18,000 euros (US$22,975), and the company is currently accepting orders with a deposit of 500 euros (US$638).