The tails of the old Honda RC213V (foreground, Repsol colors) and the new Honda RC213V (background, HRC colors). The tail section is longer, to accommodate what we presume is a mass damper. Overall, the new bike looks a few centimeters lower than the old one
New aero everywhere. This was the KTM RC16. Differences looked minor, but the fairing looked a little slimmer, and the "shelf" area halfway along had a different shape. This bike has a different steel frame to the race bikes.
KTM's policy of not hiding the bikes with the fairings off pays dividends for those of us with an engine fetish. Not that you can see much of the engine.
Carbon fiber "hockey stick" channels the air from the intake to the rear of the fairing, either cooling the rider's foot or reducing the air pressure at the end of the fairing, reducing drag. Or probably both.
Stefan Bradl had a 'black bike' in his garage. However, it looked to be the conventional 2023 RC213V with some aero modifications. Could this bike have had Honda's new engine, which the MotoGP riders didn't test?
A closer look at KTM's new aero. Also interesting to zoom in on the rear engine mount (click on the photo for a larger version, subscribers get full sized photos!). The way the engine is mounted at the rear can change chassis stiffness. Some teams have experimented with removing the rear engine mounting bolt. Have KTM found a way to make this adjustable?
KTM's ride-height device. The shock connects to the suspension link (silver, just above the cylinder marked WP). The suspension connects to the frame, and at the front to the front of the ride-height device (WP cylinder).
The WP cylinder is a hydraulic cylinder operated by a cable (visible at the bottom) which extends and contracts the rod connected to the swingarm. Ride-height devices add a considerable amount of weight and complexity, but Johann Zarco estimated they were worth maybe a second a lap in some places
Takaaki Nakagami also got to try the 2024 HRC prototype. Even though he didn't like it either, the fact that he got to try it is revolutionary for Honda. Nakagami is becoming an important part of HRC's development strategy.
The business end of the KTM RC16. TB3, we presume, means Test Bike 3. Note the rotary steering damper. And the 3500 rpm idle. The maximum noise level is tested at 5500 rpm. Red line is around 20,000 rpm.
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