Honda’s MotoGP tech hits the streets
In the hands of current champion Marc Márquez, Honda’s RC213V has become a mighty force in MotoGP.
Now the Japanese manufacturer has decided to tap into the marketing potential of the young Spaniard’s double-championship success with a road-ready derivative of the bike that has propelled Márquez, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner to a glut of victories.
Changes in the new RC213V-S take into account both legal requirements (headlights, plates, catalytic converters) and the operational demands of running the machine without a full garage crew in a chase vehicle (starter motor, steel discs).
Muddying the waters slightly, Honda is also releasing an optional closed-circuit kit for those who don’t want to stray so far from the bike’s racing roots. While the street version generates 156hp, the sports kit increases that to 212hp.
Not quite the 235hp-plus of the MotoGP bike, but more than ample for the track-day enthusiast.
Going, going, gone
Lotus steps up the speed
For those who prefer their aggression on four wheels, the new 3-Eleven is billed as the quickest production Lotus ever. Since the original Elise in the mid-’90s, the British firm has riffed on the extruded aluminium tub theme with a variety of low-volume, high-performance models.
The 3-Eleven tops the lot, taking the supercharged Toyota V6 engine of the Evora and ramping it up to 450hp. A limited edition of 311, it comes in road and track guises. The latter adds a sequential gearbox, aero kit and racing seat with six-point harness, and, according to Lotus, has a 0-100kph time of less than three seconds.