Who (or What) Is CRP Exactly?

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I’m easily confused, especially by numbers and letters.  I think it’s about time to sit down and hammer out, once and for all, the various companies and organizations that make up, or are made up by the Energica Ego brand.  Ready?  Deep breath.

From the Energica Ego page, there’s a great, short history of the company under About Us.  Read that here, if you’re interested, but long story short, it’s a company that was started by none other than the guy who invented the home espresso machine and after the war figured out how to make new bricks from the post-war rubble.  His son, Roberto Cevolini in 1970, started Roberto Cevolini & Co. to work exclusively with Formula One racing clients making components.

His son, Franco Cevolini, founded CRP Technology as an R&D division of Roberto Cevolini & Co.  That company’s work started with investment casting and went on to 3D printing, developing the “Windform”3D printing process and materials.  The two companies merged.  In 2006, they started up CRP Racing.

CRP USA spun off to work with NASCAR and the Windform process in the US.

How are you doing?  Still with us?

What we have now are three groups: CRP Meccanica, CRP Technology, and CRP Service.  All three of them combined work in collaboration with the two others, CRP Racing and CRP USA, to form one big happy family company.  Oh, and Windform.  I’m not sure if that’s just a brand, or if it’s a company as well.

So, CRP Meccanica.  Here’s their site. “CRP Meccanica is a CNC machining company devoted to high precision CNC machining for motorsports, automotive and other demanding fields.”

CRP Technology is here where we’re seeing “…successfully integrated engineering development, rapid prototyping and 3D Printing processes together with innovative materials to create a continuously improving product development system.”

CRP Service is over here, AKA CRP Engineering, where they list:

  • Process engineering (optimization of the drawing to the chosen manufacturing process, i.e. casting or additive sintering of powder starting from a processing drawing for CNC machining)
  • Product engineering
  • Pre-series engineering

CRP US is here, in North Carolina, and is heavy into the Windform product and service offerings, and works almost exclusively for NASCAR teams from what I’ve been able to gather.  They appear, what with the combination of 3D printing and CNC machining, to offer similar services to the three mother companies combined.  Makes perfect sense.

Windform seems to be a product offered by the CRP Technology guys, as per their website here.

And then there’s Energica.  The site (here) says it’s a result of the collaboration of all three groups, along with CRP USA and CRP Racing.  And here’s the Energica Cast of Characters: Energica CTO Giampiero Testoni, Energica CEO Livia Cevolini, and the NA (CRP US) Representative Chris Nugent.

There’s just one thing lingering in the back of my mind.  What is eCRP?  Because I thought it was a company.  Or a division or group or something.  No, it was their first racing prototype, shown below, and run in 2010.  Here’s their information from their site:

The eCRP 1.0 represented the first prototype of electric racing motorcycle by CRP Racing and was unveiled during the “Cleaner Racing Conference” in Birmingham on January 13, 2010. It was introduced by Lord Drayson, the former Minister for Science and Innovation of UK and with the support of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA).

The eCRP, unlike most other electric racing motorcycles which are usually only a conversion of traditional combustion engines into electric vehicles, was created from the ground up as a real electric racing motorcycle, specifically designed for 100% electrical power.

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Got all that?  There’s a quiz tomorrow, open book, followed by my lecture on Italian Electric Motorcycle Racing in the early 21st Century and one Shelina Moreda, rider OF the eCRP FOR the CRP Group.  I think.

 

 

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