I have yet to see one at the track. I wanted to run a Ducati this year, but was told it was not legal. The RC51 and the TL1000 I believe are to low on HP to be competitive. I hope they go back to the two year rule and allow engines two years old to be run. Since I am not a driver, my fun is in the engineering of the car. I think a v twin would be fun to try, and the sound is good for the sport.
A few years back (2007 I think) we ran the TL1000 V-twin and it could not keep up with the GXS-R we ran against. It had a different sound and we ran duel mufflers on it. My Son Kurtis ran it in the 30 car and it just wouldn't compete, went to a ZX11 (in the 55c) later that year and had good success. void(0);
I started looking at the numbers on the late model four cylinders and you can't just leave forty horse on the table. As much fun as it would be to drive. As much as the sound would be fun. I'm hoping my logic gives way to the fun. Think anyone would notice one of those 1800 cc Hondas?
That was why I wanted the Ducati. It came in at 160hp and 90lbf of torque. Still not the HP of what we run now, but should be a lot closer.
The TQ numbers are what is impressive. There is no 1k 4cyl that produces that. May be a little low on the hp but the TQ #'s make up for it. My friend is a Ducati master tech and he said that they are pretty de-tuned from the factory. The 200hp and 100lbs of TQ isn't that difficult to achieve with them. How do you propose a rule change allowing them to be able to be used?
I agree that the Ducati would be an interesting engine to try. Jim Perry Jr. rides a Ducati and I know he spent a lot of time with it on the Dyno and with a little work he is getting monster numbers out of the bike. The power to weight ratio is way up.
Lets see, a 1000 CC Ducati engine has about 70% of the weight of the 1000 GSX-R. while we have a minimum weight, getting that mc weight off of the front isn't a bad thing.
Ducati had crossed my mind too. Here on the coast you see so few of them, and those guys really get hot when they stagger out of Elmer's and the motor is AWOL from their motor scooter. Just kidding, that crowd doesn't go to Elmer's. Point being, the supply of unattended Ducati engines may be low to begin with. What a piece of machinery they are though. That would be very "Unconventional", just how I like it. Last time i looked, I think a Ducati would fly in CDCRA rules. Would hate to limit myself to those tracks. The RC51 is looking better all the time, or maybe the Suzuki. Just have to get used to the fun. All about the fun baby.
We tried a TL1000R 6 years ago because the torque numbers were so impressive. It wasn't very impressive at all in the car. HP wasn't there and it wouldn't keep up with the GSXR cars.
The more I think about it .. The more I think I'll save the V-Twin idea for the golf cart .. It sure would sound good coming out of turn 4 though.