The RC213V is a 1000 cc Moto GP proto type machine developed by Honda racing for use in Moto GP 2012.The RC213V is a factory Moto GP bike.As the official sponsor for Honda in 2012 is Repsol the bike is seen in Repsol colors during the testing season of the bike.Honda has two riders for 2012 one is 2011 Moto GP champion Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa.Honda is the 2011 Moto GP Manufacturer champion and as a defending champion for the title.Honda engineers had put in their best efforts to make the RC213V.Casey Stoner who rode the bike in the testing season was satisfied with the bike and he finished in first place during the testing followed by two Yamaha Factory Racing riders Ben spies Jorge Lorenzo third place On Yamaha M1 2012.From recent reports from other Honda satellite teams it is rumoured that the RC213V costs 4-5 million.
So What does RC213V mean?
Most of you might have a question in your mind what does the RC213V mean.So we are mentioning it here for clearly understanding
- RC Honda’s standard prefix for 4 stroke bikes
- 213- Thrid works bike of 21 st century
- V-means V configuration engine
The bike uses a 1000 cc engine which can produce a massive 228 hp and the bike can reach a top speed of 360 km/h.The bike has the same V-4 four-stroke configuration seen in its predecessor the RC212V.The engine is liquid cooled.Each cylinder has a maximum of four valves and are made from titanium.The valves are controlled by Double Over Head Cam shafts (DOHC).The connecting rod which connects the crankshaft with the pistons is made from titanium.The engine cover and the exhausts are made up of titanium.The fuel tank capacity is 21 litres.
The RC213V has no radical change in the design of the bike only minor cosmetic upgrades and the body is made from carbon fibre to reduce weight.The silencer design of one silencer on the right hand side and an under seat silencer ha made its way onto the RC213V from its predecessor RC212V.The alloy wheels are in orange color.The bike weighs over over 157 kgs according to 2012 Moto GP Rules and Regulations.
Chassis and Suspension:
The Aluminium twin tube suspension offers the rider with greater stability and feedback at the corner in and exit.The chassis combined with the Pro-link suspension at the rear coupled with a Telescopic front suspension have a great deal in inspiring the riders on this machines.The suspension system is supplied by Ohlins for this bike.
Tyres and wheels
The tyres are supplied by Bridgestone as the official single tyre supplier applies in Moto GP.The compounds used are a secret and the alloy wheels are Forged Magnesium Alloy wheels.
After the testing of the new Bike Casey Stoner had an improved lap times when compared to the 800 cc bike.But Dani Pedrosa has almost the same lap times on this new bike.
|Overall Length||2,052 mm (80.8 in)|
|Overall Width||645 mm (25.4 in)|
|Overall Height||1,110 mm (43.7 in)|
|Wheelbase||1,435 mm (56.5 in)|
|Road Clearance||115 mm (4.5 in)|
Teams who Use RC213V in 2012 Moto GP
Gresini Honda-Satellite Honda team with one rider Alvaro Bautista from spain.Gresini had chosen to go with black color for their bike previously Gresini used white color.The bike looks in black color with those colored sponsors stickers.
LCR Honda Moto GP-Satellite team with one rider Stefan Bradl from German.LCR had chosen red and white combination color for their bike Red means aggressive and also the bike looks good in red and white combination.