Wednesday, March 23, 2011

And the winner is... Notable engineer #1, Pietro Remor established basic design of modern superbikes

In the late 1930s, Remor created a revolutionary Italian racing motorcycle called the Rondine. It featured four cylinders, water cooling and supercharging. After WWII, supercharging was banned in Grand Prix racing. Remor took his motor to the Gilera company and recast it as an upright, air-cooled, dual-overhead cam four.

Remor’s design established the across-the-frame four-cylinder motor as the layout for most of the high-performance motorcycles made since 1950. When Gilera withdrew from racing, Remor took his skills and patterns to MV Agusta. Motors he designed won world championships for three different companies in five different decades.
Remor watches over a land-speed record attempt by one of his machines, in the mid-1930s.

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