Ciao Bella: Part 1 – Italian F1 GP, V.Rossi’s GP bike, Alfa Giulia, and Magneti Marelli stuff!


An electric gear actuator is a push/pull actuator coupled with the lever of a sequential gearbox in order to replace the normal input lever for more reliable and faster (again, 80 milliseconds) shifting.

This the eletronic control unit for the gear and clutch actuators. 

Just outside the Magneti Marelli hospitality sits one of the firm’s highly publicized customers—the #46 MotoGP bike, ridden by none other than 9-time (in various pro categories) World Champion Valentino Rossi. 

The Yamaha YZR-M1 features a whopping 240 hp from its 1-liter of displacement!  Power shoots out an Akrapovic exhaust. 

Ohlins upside down front forks hold a set of Brembo four-piston calipers, which bring the 16.5-inch MFR forged magnesium wheels to a halt.

Here's an interesting fact.  Everyone knows that Ferrari has always wanted to win a championship with an Italian driver.  In 2010, Valentino Rossi did some testing with Ferrari.  In one of the sessions at the test track in Catalunya, Spain, Rossi recorded a 1:21.90 lap time in the F2008, missing current Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen's lap time (a circuit record) of 1:21.67 in the same car–less than a quarter-second off!

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