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A new Magneti Marelli-made Electronic Control Unit (ECU) will be optional for MotoGP teams from the start of next season, it was announced on Wednesday. This comes after championship commercial rights holder Dorna Sports signed a four-year agreement.
The unit will include an engine and chassis control unit with an inboard data-logger, plus tools for tuning and data analysis as well as a handlebar toggle switch. The contract with the Italian company, which is a subsidiary of Fiat, will also mean that technicians will be sent to circuits to ensure a smooth development of the device. At the same time, work will continue at the MotoGP-specific R&D centre in Bologna.
“I cannot hide the fact that I am very happy with this new cooperation with Magneti Marelli,” says Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta. “The agreement reached with the Italian company merely validates MotoGP as a competition that incorporates and encourages the latest and most innovative technology.
“The experience of this company, which has spent many years at the highest level of competition in motorsport, represents a major step in the premier-class of two-wheel racing.”
Teams are not forced to use the new general ECU, but will be provided with it upon request. In coming years, Dorna hopes to run a single ECU for the entire field; for the time being, teams are still allowed to develop and run their own such components.
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