VIDEO: Italian designer brings trophy-winning electric motorcycle to your street

CRP Racing may not be as well known as some of their nearby neighbors in Italy’s fertile automotive region — Ferrari, Maserati and Ducati, to name a few — but for 40 years they’ve been building both two and four-wheeled machines for Formula One and other glamorous circuits. In January, 2010, the company introduced the eCRP electric racing bike, which (now in version 1.4) has silently snapped up an impressive string of championships around the world.

 

 

At this week’s EICMA motorcycle exhibition in Milan, CRP showed off a prototype of its first electric street bike, the Energica. Incorporating everything the team has learned in two years on the racing circuit, the new cycle has an unmistakably Italian style, and it’s ultra-high-tech from the LED headlights to the LCD display on the dash.

The all-electric powertrain claims to offer 95% efficiency, 100kW of power and 16kgm of torque, giving the “sleek and sexy” Energica a top speed of 136 mph and a range of 93 miles. CRP is taking preliminary orders online, but there’s no word yet on when you’ll be able to ride one of these signorinas to Bike Week in Daytona.

 

Image: CRP Racing Srl