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    Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

    Porsche MotoGP bike in 2007?





    Friday, 10 March 2006

    There are some strong rumours currently of a Porsche MotoGP bike which could be lining up on the grid as early as 2007. Little is known yet about Porsche's venture into motorbike racing but a working prototype has apparently been built and already undergone some preliminary testing.

    The Italian bike racing site RacerGP have posted an artists impression of the bike as it could look with a racing livery (as seen above).

    The talk is that the bike would be based on a V3 800cc engine, to meet the 2007 regulation changes which will see the current 990cc bikes become a thing of the past. The bike could be backed by long-term Porsche sponsors Gulf, and German rider Alex Hofmann has been rumoured to be the rider for what would begin as a fairly small one-rider project.

    After the first year, things would then move up a level with Porsche rumoured to be hoping to make a more serious attempt at the title. Riders Sete Gibernau and Max Biaggi have already popped up as possibilities for the 2008 season and the Pons and WCM teams, neither of whom are racing this year, have been suggested as partners for the project.

    Unlike the recent rumours surrounding a BMW MotoGP project, it seems that Porsche built their prototype with no intentions of racing but are now considering it after some R&D work. BMW, on the other hand, built their prototype with racing in mind but now seem more interested in using the bike to progress their technology.

    Many in the paddock doubt the likelihood of a 2007 campaign, but it does seem that 2008 is a lot more plausible. Whether these rumours will come to fruition remains to be seen, but the thought of a new team coming to MotoGP with the ability to compete at a high level is certainly an interesting one and we will be sure to keep you updated when anything else is known.

    Re: Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

    That would be really awesome.

    Re: Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

    I REALLY didn't see that coming:)

    gp

    what would they have to gain?
    i havent heard anything about it and would have to see it to believe it!

    Re: gp

    That is a very strange rumor. I'm very surprised to hear about it. Where did you get the information?
    It would make MotoGP a lot more interesting for me to watch though.

    Re: Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

    In a V3, I presume all the pistons lie in a single plane?

    mcdelaug

    Re: Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

    here is the artist drawing

    Re: Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

    no rear engine??

    Re: Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

    This sounds like wishful thinking on the part of some underfunded team's owner.

    That wouldn't be you, would it, gt3driver?

    Re: Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

    of course artist renderings don't mean anything but the bike says gulf-porsche like a sponsor.

    Re: Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

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    no rear engine??



    Re: Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

    Cool! I hope it comes true.

    Re: Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

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    icon said:
    of course artist renderings don't mean anything but the bike says gulf-porsche like a sponsor.



    That is one of several indicators that it is a fake. The original Gulf Oil Company no longer exists. The brand name is now just used regionally for mineral-oil based products; can you imagine Porsche letting its brand be used as the second name in "Gulf-Porsche" under these circumstances? The "Porsche" logo shown in the artist's rendering of the bike is not as used by Porsche in such contexts.


    As I said: Wishful thinking.

    Re: Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

    There is also many errors in the design for a MotoGP bike; the brakes are way too small in diameter, 3 piston calipers?- too heavy, the aerodinamics & refrigeration are no good - too much of the bike is covered with fairing, no rear fender cover, etc, etc.

    Re: Anyone know anything about this?? a porsche GP moto bike

    'artist rendering'
    I guess the artist doesn't know too much about bikes and brands

     
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