Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Motorbikes > Superbikes & Imports


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 7th July 2017, 21:47   #1
BHPian
 
rohitoasis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Chennai
Posts: 215
Thanked: 381 Times
Default BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor

The HP4 did could easily have been the best superbike money could buy. But BMW could not rest on those laurels. With Ducati revealing the Superleggera 1299, they had to do something to trump the Italians. Thankfully they do have a lot of Carbon fibre left at their factory from their i3 and i8 cars.

They seem to have gathered those resources, put it together to make

The frame
BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor-frame.jpeg

The wheels
BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor-wheels.jpg

and a whole lot more
BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor-subframe.jpg
into a bike with mind boggling numbers.

Revealed late last year. The bike is track only version competitor to the Ducati Superleggera 1299.

BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor-rest.jpg

BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor-rest-2.jpg

BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor-rest-3.jpg

BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor-rest-4.jpg

The bike improves on what was considered electronic wizardry in the HP4 and is borderline magic
BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor-cockpit.jpg

and carries famed cycle parts
BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor-ohlins-suspension.jpg

MCN - Motorcyclenews.com gets to ride the BMW HP4 Race.



The headline figures are very similar to the Ducati, but the dry weight at 146 Kg is known to be 10 Kgs lower than the latter. Probably on account of lack of road friendly features like headlights, mirrors and a Euro 4 compliant exhaust.

MCN also unveils more details.
Quote:
BMW HP4 RACE highlights
Carbon fibre main frame in monocoque construction weighing just 7.8 kilograms
212bhp @ 13,900 rpm and 88.5lbft @ 10,000 rpm
Self-supporting carbon fibre rear frame with three-stage height adjustment
Carbon fibre wheels
Öhlins FGR 300 fork
Öhlins TTX 36 GP shock
Brembo GP4 PR monoblock brake calipers (The video explains multiple metallurgies being used in this, do look out for that part)
Close-ratio racing gearbox
Lithium-ion battery
2D dashboard and 2D data recording including logger
Dynamic Traction Control DTC (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels)
Engine Brake EBR (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels)
Wheelie Control (programmable for selected gears)
Launch Control & Pit Lane Limiter
Paint finish in BMW HP Motorsport colours
Production run of 750 units, each individually crafted
The bike hits showrooms in September 2017 at a very reasonable 68K pounds.

Image Source
Mods: Did not find a thread where this was discussed, so have started a new thread. Do merge with any suitable thread as necessary.
rohitoasis is offline   (9) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 10th July 2017, 18:55   #2
BHPian
 
Omkar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 255
Thanked: 1,583 Times
Default Re: BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor

Quote:
Originally Posted by rohitoasis View Post
MCN - Motorcyclenews.com gets to ride the BMW HP4 Race.
Boy that bike sounds wicked in the video!

A perfect competitor for the Superleggera. Though the HP4 falls in the litre class, it makes the same amount of power and is lighter.

Based on the S 1000 RR, the bike does look stunning but not as clean as the Superleggera. In terms of pure design philosophy, the Italians take away the ball.

In terms of technology, IMO the Superleggera seems to be getting pretty close to the MotoGP technology while the HP4 race is inclined towards the the WSBK. Although the Superleggera can be ridden on the streets, the HP4 race cannot.

Here's a quick comparo of the two bikes.
BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor-comparo.png
Omkar is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th July 2017, 20:04   #3
BHPian
 
VR/46_Chet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: MH04 MH31 MH12
Posts: 254
Thanked: 181 Times
Default Re: BMW HP4 Race : Carbon fibre-framed Ducati Superleggera competitor

Another point to add to the comparison:

BMW recommends replacing the race spec engine every 5000 km (at a cost of 15000 euros) and it is claimed to be cheaper than rebuilding the existing engine.

The Ducati has 12000 km service intervals and that engine definitely lasts much longer.
VR/46_Chet is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Carbon Fibre Sheets / Self Adhesive Sheets / Stickers netchef Modifications & Accessories 150 1st November 2016 16:59
Pics : New Ferrari F430 Coupe carbon fibre dash and cream interiors. Fireblader85 Super-Cars & Imports in India 82 23rd April 2008 03:00
Happy Birthday Moral Fibre,Oral Fibre,MF Drive,Moral Forboid etc. payam Shifting gears 44 20th November 2007 10:58
Carbon Fibre khanak Technical Stuff 14 10th February 2007 04:44
Working with carbon fibre! Edmund Technical Stuff 9 1st April 2006 09:04


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 23:55.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks