We are well aware of the fact that Energica is the sole supplier of electric race bikes to the 2019 MotoE world championship. Energica also revealed a prototype of the EgoGP after the first race of the 2018 MotoGP at Qatar. While the EgoGP will be the race machine, Energica is also working on a road legal variant of the bike, called the Ego, and is now using 3D printing technology to boost up the development process.
Developing a new product from ground-up is a time-consuming process. However, fortunately, there are new advanced technologies available to help manufacturers speed up the entire process. 3D printing is one such tech which is being used by many companies to test various parts of their products. Energica too is utilising this tech to fasten things up.
A few parts of the Energica Ego have been produced by 3D printers to use them for prototyping. CRP Group, a company specialising in ‘rapid prototyping materials for 3D printing’, is making parts for Energica. The dashboard has been made by using Windform LX 3.0, a polyamide composite reinforced with glass fibres. Using the SLS 3D printing, CRP was able to fabricate prototype dashboards within two days. The seat was made from Windform RL material – a rubber-like thermoplastic.
The Energica Ego will be company’s first road legal electric bike. Its electric motor is supposed to produce close to 143 bhp of power. Energica claims that the Ego will do 0-96 kph in under 3 seconds, and has a top speed of 241 kph.