The Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike is driven by four desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder and it's capable of reaching mind-blowing top speeds. At the time of its introduction, Ducati called the 1199 Panigale "the world's most powerful production twin-cylinder engine motorcycle." Boasting 195 bhp at 10,750 rpm and weighing just 414 pounds, the 1199 had the highest power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios of any production motorcycle going.
Doing a measured 0 to 60 mph in 2.98 seconds and covering a quarter-mile in 9.91 seconds, the beastly Italian machine claimed a top speed of 177.6 mph and braked down from 60 to 0 mph in 119 feet.
During the 2012 Le Mans 24-Hours Motorcycle Endurance Race, Team Scuderia Zone Rouge's Ducati 1199 Panigale took the Open category and finished 32nd overall with riders Stéphane Pagani, Phillipe Teissier and Hervé Royer at the controls.
Buying a new one will set you back somewhere north of $30,000, so that kind of speed and racing pedigree doesn't come cheap. But fear not, you might be able to get your hands on one for a lot less.
Jacky Wan, perhaps better known by his nom-de-design, Valcrow, writes monthly guest blogs for Ultimaker and says he has been working with 3D visuals for as long as he can remember, creating effects for films and television, motion graphics, print and web.
"When I learned that 3D printing can translate the virtual into physical, I was ecstatic with the possibilities," Wan says. "I started www.redicubricks.com to chronicle my journey into this new realm."
Thanks to his efforts, you can have your very own Superbike in your garage. Okay, it's a small one and it won't do 177 mph, but it's still mighty, mighty cool.
Wan used a stock Ultimaker Original printer to create the more than 40 individually designed parts it took to complete the model, and he says it's "the most ambitious print we"ve designed so far."
The project was made to showcase the versatility of Ultimaker printers, and most of the major parts were painted with enamels, acrylics and lacquer paints before final assembly with superglue.
So how detailed is the model? You can check out the drive chain featuring gear teeth which actually fit into the grooves on the chain links for an answer.