Faster and Faster: February 03

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F1 tech in MotoGP: The Aprilia RS3

Looks cool, eh? Pity the RS3 never worked.

First at the Bologna Motor Show in in December 2001, the RS3 Cube Aprilia’s ambitious entry the tempestuous world of MotoGP. by a four-… 990cc three-cylinder fitted with pneumatic-valves, the RS3 was supposed to be one of the most powerful machines of its time.

Raced 2002 to 2004, the Cube’s was less than exemplary. were problems with the suspension, and its computer-controlled fly-by-wire system was deemed unpredictable by Colin Edwards and Noriyuki with the latter crashing the RS3 all of 28 times in a single season, in (Unless Haga- san was crashing the twice in almost every we suppose that figure crashes during practice and etc.)

So what went wrong? The RS3 inline-three was designed by Aprilia in a collaboration with British specialists, Cosworth, who had earlier worked with Aprilia on the v-twin. ‘We chose a three-cylinder for several reasons. The first was I was sure the Japanese wouldn’t a triple, and it was important for Aprilia to something different from the said Aprilia racing boss, Jan Witteveen, speaking to magazine.

‘MotoGP rules three- and five-cylinder machines, and the triple is more a European A 990cc triple has a 330cc capacity, which is very to the dimensions of a 10-cylinder 3.5-litre of an F1 car. This way, I use a lot of technology and parts from 1, which would save development time,’ said

Noriyuki Haga and Colin found the RS3 Cube a right

At one time, Aprilia even had of building a street-legal replica of three-cylinder MotoGP machine, but the RS3 Cube failed to do well in all those plans went out of the A lot of the problems with the bike down to its complex engine and traction control systems – did not like the way these ‘interfered’ their ‘normal’ way of riding.

Also, the Cube’s chassis and combo did not work very The bike’s twin-spar aluminum Ohlins shock, and 45mm fork may have been components individually, but did not work each other – the RS3 was prone to wheelies. and there was often of adequate traction at the rear, a which was actually further – rather than helped – by the traction control system .

RS3 pulls strongly from and goes mental when you the throttle hard open above 10,000rpm grand, unbelievably fast. Your are yanked in their sockets and the just takes off. from 11,000rpm upward in the four gears, the front starts pawing the air as you shift through the gears,’ said Cathcart, when he tested the for Motorcyclist .

Cathcart actually liked the saying that ‘This is far from being the unruly and rolling-laboratory-cum-two-wheeled-Formula 1 car I was expecting. Instead, it like a conventional race but with genuine added obtained from real-world electronics-with-a-purpose.’

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However, Colin who actually raced the bike in had a very different opinion of the RS3 ‘Too trick, possibly. I would not say too trick. I’m not convinced that car technology on motorcycles,’ he said, speaking to Planet .

Well, almost five after Aprilia pulled the on their MotoGP effort, perhaps too late to contemplate F1 tech could have in MotoGP, had Cosworth tried a bit What matters is, Aprilia given up – they hope to be in MotoGP by 2010 with an bike. Now if only they can get to ride for them… :-)


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