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 victory on the racetrack.
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 package for those who don’t want to stray so far from the bike’s racing roots.
While the street version generates 156 hp, the sports add-on increases that to 212 hp. Not quite the 235 hp-plus of the MotoGP bike, but more than ample for the track-day enthusiast.
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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 aluminum 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 450 hp. A limited edition of 311, it comes in road and track guises. The latter adds a sequential gearbox, aero package and racing seat with six-point harness, and, according to Lotus, has a 0-60 mph time of under 3 seconds.