959 Panigale Corse

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959 Panigale Corse New for 2018

Unveiled at World Ducati Premiere 2018, the all new 959 Panigale Corse.

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959 Corse Overview

The 959 Panigale Corse represents the highest sporting expression of the famous twin cylinder from Borgo Panigale.

Thanks to the Öhlins suspensions, the type-approved Ducati Performance titanium silencers by Akrapovic, the lithium-ion battery and a dedicated livery inspired by the MotoGP colours, the 959 Panigale Corse is ready to hit the track.

Corse Superbike Essence

Superbike Essence The track as a test bench, the stopwatch as an indisputable judge. For us victories and pole positions mean only one thing: the ability to build increasingly better street bikes. Because in Borgo Panigale competition and mass production are so close that they coexist. Technology, materials, innovative - and sometimes visionary - ideas give rise to unique motorcycles. Like the 959 Panigale, which incorporates the DNA and spirit of winning Superbikes to a practical level never seen before.

959 CORSE EQUIPMENT

The standard equipment on the 959 Panigale Corse includes: lithium battery, Öhlins steering damper, type-approved Ducati Performance titanium silencers by Akrapovic.

959 CORSE COLOURS

For 2018 the 959 Corse is avaialable in one colour, Ducati Corse Livery. The lines of the new 959 Panigale Corse are enhanced by a two-colour livery, white mixing with the classic Ducati red, which in this case is matt like on the Desmosedici MotoGP thus making the bike immediately recognisable.

959 CORSE ENGINE

The 955 cu. cm Superquadro of the new 959 Panigale Corse is Euro 4 approved and has a maximum power output of 150 hp at 10,500 rpm. The maximum torque is 102 Nm at 9,000 rpm. In this version, the engine breathes through a type-approved Akrapovic exhaust, also inspired by MotoGP exhausts.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC),Engine Brake Control (EBC), Riding Modes

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959 CORSE TECH SPECS

DISPLACEMENT955 cc
POWER110 kW (150 hp) @ 10,500 rpm
TORQUE102 Nm (75 lb-ft) @ 9,000 rpm
DRY WEIGHT175,5 kg (386.9 lb)
SEAT HEIGHT830 mm (32.48 in)
MAINTENANCE12,000 km (7,500 m)/12 Mth

Technology

Performance, agility and control. The 959 Panigale Corse boasts all kinds of Ducati technology to offer the perfect balance between track performance and road control and safety.

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959 Panigale Corse Technical Data

Overview of 959 Panigale Corse Engine

Essential Desmo

During the Superquadro's development the need to control large valves with the extremely precise Desmodromic system prompted engineers to replace the belt drive of previous Superbikes, mounted on the first Ducati Pantah in 1979, with a configuration mixing both chain and gears. This chain drive efficiently synchronizes the crankshaft and camshaft, and thanks to an automatic tensioner, ensures constant reliability and a reduction in routine maintenance costs.

Architecture

The engine has been designed as a structural element of the frame. As such, its architecture has been completely reviewed to ensure the best design in terms of structure, weight distribution and robustness.

The cylinders, at a 90° angle to each other, are mounted on the crankcase to produce a 21° angle between the front cylinder and the horizontal plane. This allows the engine to sit forward, optimizing the distribution of weight between the front and rear ends and achieving the perfect position of the fastening points of the cylinder heads into the monocoque chassis of the 959 Panigale Corse.

Transmission

The 959 Panigale Corse features an advanced six-speed transmission with large diameter gears for superior strength. Perfectly controlling the power put to the ground is a hydraulically actuated multi-plate wet clutch, which has back-torque limiting "slipper" functionality to prevent hopping of the rear wheel during aggressive downshifts. With smooth engagement, superb feel, and light effort at the lever, the 959's clutch helps keep the bike in perfect balance on the street and the track.

Flawless Performance

The Superquadro is the most potent twin-cylinder engine on the planet, and in the 959 Panigale Corse it produces a fantastic 157 [email protected],500 rpm, and 107.4 N-m of torque @9,000 rpm. And thanks to the sweet nature of the L-twin, and Riding Mode options, the rider is able to easily modulate this tremendous power and tailor it to his riding style and road conditions.

Full Ride by Wire

The opening and closing of the throttle bodies on the Superquadro are controlled electronically in a system called Ride by Wire. The absence of a mechanical connection between the twistgrip and the throttle bodies allows the engine ECU to regulate the power delivery by acting upon the throttle's opening angle; Ride by Wire makes it possible to have different power and delivery based on the selected Riding Mode (Power Modes), and also to manage engine braking (EBC), as well as allowing the implementation of traction control (DTC).

Superquadro Breathing

After achieving the goal of improving engine "breathing", the Superquadro engineers turned their attention to the next challenge: to attain an engine calibration that optimally combines the high-performance delivery with regular operation achieved by reducing the cyclic dispersion of combustion. To obtain this, Ducati introduced a system of secondary air injection that completes oxidisation of the unburnt hydrocarbons, effectively reducing the levels of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide (CO). The system is controlled by an electronic valve commanded by the engine control unit and is activated according to the specific condition of engine operation. This valve makes it possible to let in the exhaust pipe of each cylinder head (in a position slightly downstream of the exhaust valve) a flow of clean air originating directly from the airbox. A second reed valve located in the engine head makes this flow unidirectional. The controlled inlet of oxygen makes it possible to complete the combustion of outgoing hot gases, eliminating eventual fractions of unburnt fuel which in certain conditions can reach the exhaust.

Decompressor

At the extremity of the exhaust camshaft of each cylinder head is a centrifugal decompressor. On start-up, the device allows the profile of the cam opening lobe to be modified, resulting in a slight lift of the valve that discharges part of the mix contained in the combustion chamber during the engine's compression phase. This effect makes it possible to reduce the resistance to the motion of the piston in the compression phase. Once the engine is started, the increase in rpms and the relative centrifugal force modify the configuration of the device, cancelling the effect of the valve lift and bringing the engine back to normal operating conditions. This ingenious device facilitates the starting of the Superquadro engine without having to use a more powerful battery and a large starting motor, in turn making it possible to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle by 3.3 kg. The system further underlines the synergistic strength achieved by engineers and designers in the intense effort to reduce the bike's weight.

Extreme Bore/Stroke Ratio

The 959 Panigale Corse's extremely oversquare bore/stroke ratio of 1.64:1 (100 mm bore/60.8 mm stroke) allows for reliably high rpm thanks to the ultra-short stroke of the crankshaft, while the large surface of the pistons allows for large valve diameters (41.8mm intake, 34mm exhaust) to let the engine breathe freely.

Overview of 959 Panigale Corse Chassis

Monocoque Technology

The 959 Panigale Corse's chassis follows the innovative Monoscocca concept: different components have been integrated to give shape to a single compact and lightweight element. This monocoque structure in cast aluminium for increased strength uses the Superquadro engine as a structural element, forming the motorcycle's lightweight core.

The rear of the monocoque frame is fixed directly to the cylinder head, and at its front is the steering tube. In addition to performing the traditional function of a frame,the monocoque also acts as an airbox. Housed inside it, in addition to the air filter, are the throttle bodies and fuel circuit complete with injectors; and the bottom of the steel tank becomes its cover when mounted in place.

Innovative Suspension

As on the 1299 Panigale, the 959 Panigale Corse's fork legs are set at a distance between centres typical of racing bikes in the Superbike World Championship. Thanks to this detail, the brake discs have space to allow optimal cooling even during the hardest use. The 959 Panigale Corse features a 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork, which provides damping under lower-pressure conditions as compared to a traditional fork. This gives optimal front-end feeling to enter corners with the utmost precision, with high resistance to diving when the brakes are applied. The rear suspension consists of a fully adjustable Sachs rear monoshock, laterally mounted for ease of adjustment access and connected via progressive linkage for the best rear suspension response under road and track conditions.

Braking System

The 959 Panigale Corse is equipped with staggeringly powerful - yet not overwhelming - Brembo Monobloc M4.32 front brakes operating on 320 mm front rotors, which come standard with the latest-generation Bosch 9MP Antilock Braking System. This enables the shortest possible braking distances even in wet or dirty road conditions, while also controlling rear wheel lift to provide maximum braking stability. Specifically calibrated for sport riding, the system features 3 intervention levels, each associated with a Riding Mode. In Race Mode, the system operates only on the front discs to allow advanced race-braking techniques on the track.

Weight Distribution

The 959 Panigale Corse features a weight distribution equivalent to 52% at the front and 48% at the rear without the rider or fuel. Fully fueled and with the rider, this becomes a perfect 50:50 balance to guarantee absolute stability and handling. To achieve this distribution, placement of the engine, exhaust, and rider were carefully evaluated and determined.

Exhaust System

The 959 Panigale Corse features a new, lateral "cannon" style exhaust with twin aluminium silencers, which complies fully with Euro 4 regulations. A stainless steel pre-silencer sits under the engine, keeping the weight of the catalyzer close to the bike's central axis for optimal handling.

Ergonomics

The 959 Panigale Corse has been ergonomically designed for a perfect integration between rider and motorcycle. A comfortable seat, narrow width, grippy machined footpegs, and carefully placed handlebar location provide the perfect position from which to command the bike with confidence and precise control, on the track or the street.

Overview of 959 Panigale Corse Equipment

ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) 9MP

The Bosch 9MP ABS standard on the 959 Panigale Corse is a latest-generation system with two channels that performs combined braking with control of rear wheel lifting to guarantee not only shorter braking distances, but also the greatest stability during braking. Specifically intended for sport use, the 9MP ABS offers three levels of operation, each associated with a Riding Mode; in the Race mode, the system works only on front discs to allow advanced track braking techniques for expert riders.

Full LCD Instrument Panel

The instrument panel on the 959 Panigale Corse is an advanced multifunctional LCD unit, with layout derived from Ducati Corse's experience in World Superbike and MotoGP. Showing a vast array of information in a format highly visible even when tucked behind the windscreen at maximum velocity, the dash also changes its display according to the riding mode selected - ensuring that the rider always has the most important information for each use, available at a glance.

Ducati Traction Control (DTC)

The Ducati Traction Control (DTC) monitors control of the slipping of the rear tyre and operates on the basis of eight different levels of interaction, each of which has been programmed to respond to a different tolerance to rear slipping. Each Riding Mode is assigned a pre-set level of activation.
Level 8 indicates an activation of the system at the detection of the slightest slipping, while Level 1, reserved for very expert riders, has a higher tolerance and thus a less invasive intervention of the system.

Riding Mode

The available Riding Modes are the result of the combination of highly advanced dedicated technologies. The rider atop the 959 Panigale Corse can choose among three different pre-set Modes - Race, Sport, and Wet - to adapt to his riding style or the riding conditions. The Riding Modes instantly modify the power delivered by the engine (Power Mode), ABS activation level, DTC, DQS and EBC, as well as the graphics on the instrument panel. Additionally, each Riding Mode is fully customisable in all parameters, for a truly personalised setting.

Ducati Quick Shift (DQS)

The Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) is the electronic system that manages the gearbox and is used in competitions. It allows the gear to be engaged on acceleration without the use of the clutch and while maintaining the throttle open. The feature enables the rider to gain precious fractions of seconds, helping to considerably reduce lap times.

Tyres

The 959 Panigale Corse features Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres, in 120/70 (front) and 180/60 (rear) sizes. The Diablo Rosso Corsa is a reference in the segment of hypersport tyres, developed directly from World Superbike technologies and featuring an optimised contact patch as well as advanced 3-compound construction to ensure quick warm-up, long life, and above all maximum traction available in every circumstance.

DDA+ ready

The DDA+ (an option on the 959 Panigale Corse, 1299 Panigale, and 1299 Panigale S; standard on the Panigale R) is the latest generation of the Ducati Data Analyzer, which integrates a GPS signal to create a "virtual finish line". The system automatically detects, without any intervention by the rider, the conclusion of the lap and stops the chronometric time. Integration with the GPS signal also provides visualisation on the circuit map of the trajectories ridden and the main parameters of the vehicle: throttle opening, speed, rpm, gear engaged, engine temperature, and DTC activation.

Rims

The 959 Panigale Corse uses black 10-spoke wheels, 3.5 inches wide in the front and 5.5 inches wide in the rear, which due to their light weight allow rapid changes in direction and excellent performance both during acceleration and braking.

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959 Panigale Corse Parts & Accessories

For 2018 Ducati have a selection of stylish and functional parts and accessories made specifically for the 959 Panigale Corse.

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Panigale Clothing

At Ducati Manchester you will find a large selection of rider clothing and accessories for sale in our showroom or in our online store. Ducati clothing, jackets, helmets and riding gear provide unique style & design, while offering high levels of safety and quality.

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959 Panigale Corse Accessory Packs - Transform to perform

On or off the track, you can transform your Superbike with two exclusive packages offering a host of high-performance accessories in tune with your needs. Turn your Superbike into the ultimate racing model with specific high-tech components or add features that will improve your experience when touring. Sport and Touring: choose one or both packs to complete the ideal set-up for your motorcycle.

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The 959 Panigale Corse at Ducati Manchester

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