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Take Performance to the Limit

A completed RC213V’s packaging is centered around thorough mass centralisation that aims to take performance to the limit. The reduction of inertia figures; greatly influences the dynamics of a completed bike. RC213V-S’s packaging reflects that of RC213V. This includes body component materials and production processes. The dedicated sports kit available for closed circuit racing enhances this performance, matching RC213V’s inertia values altogether.

Mark Marquez with the new RC213V-S

Engine

In developing RC213V’s powertrain, our aim was to create a motorcycle engine with MotoGP winning potential. We set ourselves the two following major goals: Achieve high enough power output to enable the speeds needed for MotoGP, and make the unit compact – as small as the 800cc engine that fits on the RC213V frame. To meet these goals as well as MotoGP regulations, we adopted a 1,000cc, 90° V4 engine.

High power output is achieved using a 360° crank phase angle, improving charging efficiency via favourable exhaust pulsing from the cylinders’ firing timing. The 90° V4 layout also maximises output through reduced friction – it reduces mechanical losses by omitting the harmonic balancer, has a smaller number of crank journals (3) compared to an inline four cylinder engine, and has a sealed crankcase design to reduce pumping losses.

Close up view of the RC213V-S's Engine

Frame & Colour Variants

Close up of RC213V-S's back wheel

Frame: RC213V’s aluminum frame boasts high torsional rigidity, ensuring engine power gets to the ground properly.

Increasing torsional rigidity usually means a jump in weight, but with RC213V, torsional rigidity is only increased in the areas where it’s really needed.

Thin reinforcing plates improve rigidity in other areas where it’s lacking, resulting in a lightweight frame. Every frame component is aligned carefully by hand, with a dedicated welder performing the necessary TIG welding. 

The result is a process that ensures high accuracy and welding quality. RC213V-S adopts these same materials and manufacturing processes. Its body is fastened together using bolts machined from titanium alloy, further reducing weight. The bolts are coated in molybdenum grease for improved axial stabilization.

Colour Variants: The RC213V-S is available in two finishes. The tricolour is a reference to Honda's racing history as well as Japanese heritage. The other is an unpainted CFRP type (Carbon). The surfaces of this colour variant have been left unpainted. Due to the inherent material characteristics of carbon, these are susceptible to degradation (color-change) when exposed to ultra-violet rays. Carbon parts must be painted or coated prior to use, but can be customised to the rider's individual preference when doing so. 

Close up of RC213V-S's tricolour paintwork