Ducati Panigale 1299 S Hybrid — 300 bhp, 299.6 Nm

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  • This Ducati Panigale 1299 S Hybrid packs 300 bhp and 299.6 Nm of torque.

  • Efesto S.a.r.l. installed an electric motor to the engine.

  • The motor can work together in tandem or separate from the engine.

Want power? 205 bhp isn’t enough? 250, no? Okay how about 300 bhp then? Because that’s what this Ducati Panigale 1299 S hybrid is packing.

The stock 1299 S already produces 205 bhp and 143.7 Nm of torque, which is more enough for road use and perhaps on the track too. But since so many are obsessed with horsepower figures, it seems piddly, doesn’t it? What more with the Panigale V4 S which does 213 bhp.

So, Efesto S.a.r.l., a French-Italian firm who are “active in the design and development of turn key electric and hybrid powertrains” turned the 1299 S into a hybrid. The company had worked on the Panigale 1299 S for some time and introduced the prototype last year and the project has reached fruition.

Efesto Managing Director Luca Morfino explained that electric bikes are still heavy and limited in range. (Certain countries are still dragging their feet in expanding charging infrastructure.) In this case, their 200Novantanove hybrid powertrain makes perfect sense. As the name suggests, a hybrid “engine” combines the good ol’ (but polluting) internal combustion engine and an electric motor (non-polluting but not powerful, either).

The rider can switch between the two systems or let them run in parallel. Using the electric motor in traffic saves fuel and avoids getting a burnt crotch, then use both for planet-moving acceleration before switching to full petrol mode for corner blasting.

The battery is charged by the electric motor or regenerative braking, so it isn’t a plug-and-play kit. The set up also brings the bike’s weight up to 194 kg, up from 179 kg.

Still, how to argue with 300 bhp and 299.6 Nm? And don’t forget that it’s environmentally-friendly, too.

Source: Moto.it



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