Lewis Hamilton rides the MV Agusta F4 LH44. His first superbike circuit experience.
The Formula One champion rides to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the F4 superbike.by Sagar, on
We all know what Lewis Hamilton is capable with his Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ on the Formula One circuits around the world. Already amassing 306 points this calendar season, Hamilton is leading the championship with a cool 59 points and is on the path to get his 4th World Championship title.
This time, the champ is going blazing around the Pirelli Proving Ground (Vizzola Ticino, Italy) circuit, but not in his W08 car. He is wearing a suit and a helmet, yes, but instead of getting into a confined cockpit he throws a leg over a two-wheeled Italian beauty he helped create, the MV Agusta F4 LH44.
Hamilton describes the F4 LH44 he created with the MV Agusta CRC design team as aggressive yet elegant. Putting all of his heart out into making this machine, Hamilton got involved in fashioning the details that complimented the lines, curves and the shape of the F4 superbike in a phenomenal manner.
The same team was also responsible for a limited edition Dragster RR LH44 for just 244 blokes out there, and all of them got sold out within a few hours of launch. The F4 LH44 will just have 44 units made. While we don’t have the pricing yet, don’t expect it to be anything close to cheap.
The video shows Hamilton perceive the bike come together to a beautiful and emotional experience that gave him the biggest smile stretching ear to ear. Taking the F4 superbike on its 20th Anniversary and customising it to his liking was his dream all along.
At the end of the video Hamilton closes it saying:
This is me. This is my style. It is not everyone's style, but I truly believe that this is the most beautiful looking bike that I have seen
Giving it an exquisite candy apple red and black cynosure, the paint scheme takes the visual extravaganza up a notch, especially with the white frame. The bodywork is carbon fiber, naturally.
Special “Ergal” aluminum parts take over the brake lever, handlebars, and fuel-filler cap and anodized red and black finds itself at a few places like the fork tubes and the rear shocker. Forged aluminum wheels and the magnesium casings also get red inserts and 44 markings.
Natural leather and Alcantara will carasse the bottom of your behind, and black smoked screen polishes the front end styling to perfection. Pirelli DIABLOTM Supercorsa SP tires get red sidewalls, which sport the LH44 logo.
On the mechanical front, the LH44 will exactly run the same bits as that of the F4 RC. The 998 cc, four-cylinder mill comes with billet pistons and titanium connecting rod will make 212 hp while the peak torque is 84.8 lb-ft. The SC Project exhaust will help the bike reduce 8 lbs.
It gets the same top-of-the-line electronically-adjusted Öhlins monoshock and 43 mm, inverted front forks. Electronically too, it will come equipped with the MVICS 2.0 electronics system, which includes traction control, Bosch 9-Plus AB, rear-wheel lift-up mitigation (RLM) and quick-shifter.
Lewis Hamilton comments on this partnership: “I am very excited to continue my partnership with MV Agusta.I love working with Giovanni and the guys at MV Agusta, their passion for engineering and attention to detail produces quite stunning, original looking bikes. My projects with MV Agusta are a great way to combine my love of riding bikes with my interest in creative design process so I am very much involved with the CRC (Castiglioni Research Department) design team throughout."