Basic concept of the RC213V continues as it has been applied since its introduction in 2012.
|Overall length (mm)||2052|
|Overall width (mm)||645|
|Overall height (mm)||1,110|
|Weight (kg)||As per FIM regulations|
|Engine type||liquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC 4 valve, V-4|
|Maximum power||Over 180 KW|
|Frame type||Aluminum twin-tube|
|Wheels Front (inch)||17|
|Wheels Rear (inch)||17|
|Suspension Front||Telescopic fork|
|Fuel tank capacity (litres)||22|
2023 sees the chassis of the RC213V modified in a variety of ways to improve the balance between turning and stability, aiming to take the most advantage from the engine and the Michelin tyres. The twin-spar aluminium chassis is light and yet provides the stiffness and strength characteristics required to deliver the impressive power from the RC213V’s engine to and through the rear wheel. As well as strength, the frame features the right amount of carefully calibrated flexibility to maximise tyre grip.
The RC213V’s engine has a capacity of 1000cc and is designed to exploit the maximum power output while remaining durable enough to last the entirety of the season – 21 races and 21 sprint in 2023. Evolution for 2023 has continued and a number of improvements have been made to improve overall performance. The 2023 version of the engine continues advancements made after the 2022 which saw a heavy revision after a development freeze brought on by the Covid pandemic.
Ohlins continue to be fitted to the Honda RC213V, front and rear, in 2023. Suspension provides the crucial link between the wheel, chassis and rider as it is tasked with keeping the tyre in contact with the ground and maintaining the maximum amount of grip over the racetrack. It’s a crucial link in the performance chain and for this reason both Repsol Honda Team riders have a dedicated Ohlins technician assigned to him. Working closely together, HRC and Ohlins are continually looking to make improvements.
The bodywork of MotoGP machines plays an important role in their performance, especially in recent years with the increased usage of ‘winglets’. These aerodynamic appendages help in several areas as HRC engineers seek to extract the maximum performance from the RC213V. Each year the bodywork and aerodynamic changes are some of the most instantly recognizable on the bike.
MotoGP tyres are supplied exclusively by Michelin. Each round presents a new challenge for the tyre supplier due to the track layouts and surface of the circuit.
Carbon fiber front brakes are provided by Brembo. These carbon brakes produce incredible stopping power and helping in creating some fantastic images of riders entering a corner on just the front wheel as they push to the limit. Wet conditions see some riders continue to use the carbon brakes while others opt to use steel brake disks which can operate at a lower temperature. In both wet and dry conditions, external covers and cooling ducts are sometimes added to help regulate the temperature of the brakes.