Last week, MZ showed its design study of a V-4 MotoGP racer. At a full 990cc, the motor has been bench-tested and employs pneumatic valves (just like Aprilia’s MotoGP bike). With a rev limit over 17,000 rpm, the V-4 has one of the highest theoretical horsepower peaks of any current MotoGP design.
The bodywork (which looks somewhat like the Aprilia, as well) has undergone extensive wind tunnel testing, but the engine and chassis are still at a very early development stage. MZ may not be ready to race until the 2003 season (although, it hopes to make a round or two at the end of this season).