2010 Ducati 1198 R Corse Special
The winning of both the 2009 World Superbike
and Superstock Manufacturers’ titles is a fitting
stage on which to present the 2010 1198 R Corse Special
Edition, built to mark the historic introduction of
a new Ducati Corse logo. It features all the usual
high specification 'R' components, in addition to
a new beautifully formed factory team-style aluminium
fuel tank and bold red, white and black colour scheme
with new Ducati Corse logo.
The 'R' is a race bike, pure and simple. Its competition
specification and superior components together with
advanced electronics and race-proven chassis technology
deliver a level of performance that empowers with
confidence and capability. On the road, it distinguishes
its rider as a connoisseur of high-performance motorcycles.
On the track it instantly promotes the rider to a
higher level of skill.
The road-going 'R' version is as close as it gets
to Ducati's factory race bike. The 1198 R is not a
replica – it's the real deal. An incredible
180hp L-Twin Testastretta Evoluzione engine in a race-winning
Trellis chassis set-up weighs in at 1kg (2.2lb) less
than last year to become an unbelievably light 164kg
(361.5lb) and is equipped with Ducati Corse's World
Championship-winning traction control system.
The Ducati 1198 R Corse Special Edition raises the
bar and sets the world standard for sportbikes while
turning the heads and racing the hearts of enthusiasts
throughout the world.
Stunning Superbike technology
The 1198 R takes all the Superbike family features,
reduces weight even further and delivers an extra
10 horsepower over the 1198 engine. Sand-cast crankcases,
titanium valves and con-rods, fully adjustable Öhlins
TTXR rear suspension and much more contribute to the
most awesome performance ever seen in this category.
Compared to the 1098 R, the 1198 R Corse Special
Edition is 1kg (2.2lb) lighter thanks to the new factory
team-style fuel tank, which also increases fuel capacity
by 2.5 litres (0.66 US gal) to 18 litres (4.75 US
gal). Formed in 2mm thick aluminium, the tank is brush
finished, clear-coated and topped off with the new
Ducati Corse logo to maintain a factory race tank
Underlining its competition intention, the 1198 R
is designed as a true 'monoposto' with no provisions
to carry a passenger. This has enabled a 50% weight
reduction of the rear subframe by producing it in
aluminium alloy. Other specifications particular to
the 1198 R includes carbon fibre construction of the
fairing belly-pan, upper-fairing internal panels,
tank lower side panels, seat assembly and front fender,
making the bodywork a considerable contributing factor
to the overall performance of the machine.
The 1198 R Corse comes in the red, white and black
Corse Special Edition livery bodywork with the new
aluminium fuel tank clear-coated for all to see. The
Trellis frame is also in red with the front and rear
7-spoke Marchesini wheels finished in black. The front
fender and side panels are left in a contrasting natural
carbon fibre finish while the belly-pan is painted,
but reveals its carbon fibre material inside the aerodynamic
recess for the side-stand. A subtle '1198 R Corse
Special Edition' graphic on the tail fairing leaves
no doubt as to what this magnificent bike is.
This top-of-the-range model is supplied with a race
kit that includes a full racing exhaust system with
102dB carbon fibre mufflers by Termignoni and dedicated
ECU which raises power output to approximately 186hp
(intended strictly for track use only). Also in the
kit is a unique Ducati Corse branded bike cover designed
by Aldo Drudi and rear paddock stand as well as an
official cased plaque of authentication that confirms
the collectable value of this exclusive motorcycle.
1198 R Testastretta Evoluzione power
The 1198 R engine represents the finest twin-cylinder
technology in the world. It produces 180hp (132.4kW)
@ 9,750rpm and 99.1lb-ft (13.7kgm) of brute torque
@ 7,750rpm in standard mode and an astonishing 186hp
when using the supplied race kit (intended strictly
for track use only).
The specification of this engine underlines its no-compromise
race technology. To help contain the massive 'R' power
output, the crankcases have been sand-cast produced,
a process that improves the molecular quality of the
casting, increasing strength while ensuring that intricate
shapes are achieved with absolute accuracy. Confirming
the 1198 R's race specification by minimising weight
and increasing performance, the crankshaft connecting
rods are made in titanium, achieving a 34% saving
over the stock 1198 rods while reducing their reciprocating
forces and improving crankshaft acceleration. Cam
belt covers moulded in carbon fibre and cam covers
cast in magnesium alloy enhance the lightweight package.
The 1198.4cc capacity is the product of a 106x67.9mm
bore and stroke which is fed through four titanium
valves per cylinder and compressed to a ratio of 12.8:1.
The chrome nitride coated valves are larger in the
'R' engine, measuring 44.3mm for the inlet and 36.2mm
for the exhaust. They are actuated by rocker arms
that are super-finished for reduced friction and fatigue,
and double overhead camshafts with radical race profiles.
The incredible valve performances achieved are only
possible because of Ducati's unique Desmodromic system,
where valve closure is activated mechanically. At
high rpm it would be almost impossible for the valve
to follow the steep closure profile of the cam lobe
if it were relying upon a normal valve spring, but
with the Desmo system the valve is mechanically closed
with the same accuracy as it is opened, enabling steep
cam profiles and radical cam timings. This system
is used on every single Ducati motorcycle including
their world-beating Desmosedici MotoGP bike.
The pistons utilise the same design developed for
the Desmosedici in the Ducati MotoGP program by using
a distinctive double-ribbed undercrown to achieve
high strength with minimal piston wall surface area
and, therefore, less friction.
The 1198 R elliptical throttle bodies equate to an
area equivalent to 63.9mm in diameter and the 'R'
remains the only road-going Ducati to use twin injectors
for each cylinder. The first centrally mounted injector
feeds through a 4-hole nozzle while the second offset
injector feeds through a 12-hole nozzle ensuring progressive
and fluid power delivery throughout the rev-range.
With this configuration the system has the capacity
to provide much heavier fueling when used in competition.
The gearbox's carefully calculated specification
allows the use of a high ratio 6th gear, fully enabling
the speed increase achieved from using the supplied
race kit (intended strictly for track use only) or
additional performance modifications. Also with performance
in mind and because of its high resistance to fatigue,
the gears are machined from the same high-strength
steel used in Ducati Corse race applications and are
subjected to a shot-peening treatment that further
ensures their strength. Unique to the 'R' version,
the dry, multiplate 'slipper' clutch reduces the destabilising
effect of aggressive downshifting and helps provide
the fine control required when used under extreme
The 1198 R uses the same 2-1-2 exhaust system as
the 1198; however, it terminates with Ducati's trademark
twin under-seat mufflers beautifully formed in super
lightweight titanium and stainless steel.