Patents reputedly show Ferrari exploring new vibration-reducing engine designs, rather than a standalone V-twin engine design

Submitted patent applications had suggested that Ferrari was exploring the possibility of producing a V-twin-engined motorcycle.

The company has, however, indicated that the design and illustrations contained within were to outline a specific configuration that could be used on a V-type engine with more than two cylinders.

Ferrari also moved to kill rumours of potential motorcycle plans at a recent press conference at the Paris motor show.

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Images attached to the patent showed the engine installed in a cruiser-style motorcycle; Ferrari says that this was due to an outside consultant's previous involvement in motorcycles and their desire to communicate the technology in an easily understood fashion, using existing concepts.

The patent covered the specific design of an "internal combustion engine having two cylinders, which are arranged in a 'V' configuration."

Ferrari's patent also explored the vibrational forces in a V-twin engine and describes how the crankshaft could be balanced to negate them. Doing so would avoid the need to use balancing shafts, which have several drawbacks including packaging and weight compromises.

The production of a Ferrari motorcycle could allow Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to capitalise on the vast commercial appeal of the Ferrari brand and offer an alternative to the likes of Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati.

Such a move would have correlated with Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne's desire to maximise the use of the Ferrari brand to benefit the development and growth of FCA, helping solidify the group's position and financial standings.

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Marchionne recently replaced Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, who resigned amid rumours of clashes with Marchionne about the future of Ferrari's road car division and his reluctance to exploit the brand.

The development may have been further motivated by Audi's ownership of Ducati, which places the motorcycle manufacturer close to key Ferrari rival Lamborghini – the performance and growth of which has been causing Ferrari some concern.

A trademark application for the name 'Cavallino' – Italian for pony – has also been submitted by Ferrari, with the documentation indicating it is for use on a vehicle. It is not clear if this is related to the project, however; Ferrari would not pass comment on the patent applications or trademarks.

Previously there has only ever been one official Ferrari-branded motorcycle, an aluminium-bodied tribute to Enzo Ferrari that was produced by David Kay Engineering in 1995. French manufacturer Boxer Bikes also built Lamborghini motorcycles in 1986, following a commission by then-owner Patrick Mimran.

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1 October 2014

More interesting than an SUV, though less commercially rewarding.

1 October 2014

Twenty-five years from now it is my sincere hope that only the most knowledgeable and gnomish of petrolheads will be asking 'Whatever happened to that idea for a two-wheeled Ferrari?' and that everyone else will have forgotten this idea entirely.

1 October 2014

Now that VW has swallowed up Ducati it makes sense to have a riposte from Fiat. A true racing bike would live up to the Ferrari ethos though I personally would rather the bike have a different name and just be produced under the aegis of Ferrari in the same way that Maserati currently operates. With the hideous-looking FF sadly a success I know that the inevitable SUV is just around the corner and I am preparing myself when the gaudy marketing that has enveloped the marque for over two decades finally attaches itself to the product planning department.

1 October 2014

Great, now put it in a proper car.
And no, not like a Morgan.

RogerHudson

1 October 2014

If it's a Cavallino rampant, as on the badge, it should be great for doing wheelies.

1 October 2014

Thinking outside the box, for a new sports car laden with hybrid/electric components to make up for the lack of torque a V twin stroke would offer...

15,000 rpm 180-200bhp engine with 2 electric motors generating >130bhp each yields a nice figure for a lightweight sports rocket.

1 October 2014

Fair play, you can already buy Ferrari sunglasses, clothing, umbrellas, shoes, watches and just about anything else you can think of at the Ferrari Store

Why not a motor cycle? At least it has an engine, just like a car.

 

 

2 October 2014

I would rather see that engine in a really compact Ferrari. A Smart Roadster Coupe, but without the handicap of that gearbox. It could be a terrific car and a way to bring down average emissions. Although something like that might be better suited to an Alfa Romeo badge. Either way I'd like to see it and hear it. EDIT: And only a few hours after posting this, the VW XL Sport is shown, almost identical to my suggestion (except the XL is a bit too long). Will we see a Ferrari / Alfa rival?

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