Machine: Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP
The basic philosophy of the Superbike World Championship has always been simple: start with production-based motorcycles and modify them for maximum performance on track.
That concept is highly effective when the platform is the 2020 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, the third R standing for Racing.
The brand-new Fireblade marks a new chapter in the bike’s illustrious history. It’s renowned handling prowess, balance and stability are still unique, but the 2020 CBR1000RR-R SP offers unprecedented levels of track-focused performance.
While the championship is production-based, even Honda production supersport machines utilise technology derived from the prototype world of Grand Prix racing.
The engine, for example, draws strongly on Honda RC213V MotoGP technology, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP driven by the most powerful inline four-cylinder that Honda has ever built.
The same bore and stroke as the RC213V allow the use of MotoGP technology for the intake, exhaust and combustion chambers, based on know-how gained in MotoGP.
The con-rods, pistons and camshaft materials and surface treatment, such as the throttle body shape, derive from the RC213V-S.
The 2020 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP delivers maximum power of 160kW at 14,500rpm and peak torque of 113Nm at 12,500rpm while tipping the scales at just 201kg.
In terms of engine configuration, the in-line 4 layout, with its short front-to-back dimensions, ensure an ultra-high-end performance engine while allowing for very compact overall packaging.
The frame has also been optimized, increasing torsional rigidity by 9% to improve handling at circuit cornering speed. On the other hand, lateral rigidity is reduced by 11% with a longer wheelbase and longer swingarm, for improved grip and feeling both through and out of the corners.
A cutting-edge aerodynamics package – also influenced by the multiple title-winning RC213V – works in tandem with a new Bosch six-axis IMU to provide extremely precise yaw, pitch and roll calculations for even finer bike behaviour control and unprecedented levels of handling and outright performance.
In line with the Honda mass centralisation philosophy, the Fireblade is equipped with a lightweight titanium Akrapovic exhaust end can.
Put it all together and the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP constitutes a premium production package around which to build a winning race machine.
PETRONAS MIE RACING CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP SPECIFICATIONS
Motorcycle: Honda CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP
Engine: 1000cc four-cylinder
Gearbox: 6 speed
Fuel allowance: 21lt
Dry weight: over 168kg