In a disappointing news for the motorcycling fraternity, the Ferrari has officially dismissed the rumors, that they are working on a motorcycle, after the stories about the Ferrari patenting a technology, related to a V-twin engine surfaced online. The images showed a V-twin engine and a cruiser motorcycle on which the engine was mounted. The reports spread across the media like a wildfire and now an official denial has been reported by the Ferrari.
Jason Harris, Ferrari’s Northern European spokesman said “There is simply no suggestion we are going to build a motorcycle and there is no motorcycle future for Ferrari." The speculation emerged few days back when an outside Engineer, Fabrizio Favaretto, lodged a patent at the European patent Office.
“With any patent we are moving to protect technology worth protecting now and into the future, but that doesn’t mean the technology is imminent.” said Harris, denying the rumor all-together. He also added that “What works on a V-twin can work on a V4, a V6, V8 or V12 engine," giving us a clear idea, as to why the V-twin was used.
But the question still remains unanswered, why the use of a cruiser in the picture? Harris explains: “The person who submitted the patent application chose to demonstrate the technology Ferrari has chosen to protect with a motorcycle because it was the easiest way of demonstrating the patent is offering something new when compared to existing technology."
The patent filed by the Ferrari was for locking a new balancing technology that eliminates the need for a balancer shaft. This benefits the engine in terms of the weight and packaging. Harris said "V-twin layout was used to illustrate the design as it’s the minimum number of cylinders that can be used without going into detail over how many cylinders any future engine may have."