Ducati North America has proudly unveiled a 175hp, 362lb two-wheeled tribute to the historic “Martini Racing” Porsches of years past.
The one of a kind Martini-Ducati was the idea of Ducati’s North American CEO and Public Relations Manager, both major fans of the Martini-Porsche competition cars of years past. The project began life as a 1098 S Superbike, and was outfitted with most of the Ducati Performance accessories catalogue. Upon completion, it was decided the bike needed a special paint scheme to accent the significant modifications performed to make it the ultimate street/track weapon. With the bike to be shown at the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Martini was a natural choice and the scheme was designed and painted right away. It has been embraced as the ultimate expression of a custom Ducati Superbike since its initial showing within the motorcycle industry.
Modifications to the Ducati 1098 S include: racing camshafts, race pistons and titanium connecting rods; all connected to a lightened crankshaft. Chassis modification includes magnesium wheels, a World Superbike racing-spec gearbox, 1/4 turn throttle for instant response, billet racing footpegs, Ohlins suspension, titanium exhaust with 70mm tubing and carbon mufflers, and numerous carbon fibre panels- all from Ducati’s own performance catalogue. As the project came together, several of Ducati’s friends and partners also took part in the celebration.