Who is Francesco Romanelli and why haven’t we heard more about him? That’s a question that popped up in my mind as I browsed his website the other day, following a tip from one of our readers. The name sounded familiar and we had an article on The Kneeslider a few years ago about his anti-turnover system designed to prevent wheelies from continuing until you flip over backwards. Opinions of the system were mixed in the comments, but for some reason, I didn’t dig far enough at that time and missed the rest of his work. This time I kept looking and it seems he’s been a busy guy.
Everything on the website looks as though it’s been around for quite a few years, all the more reason to wonder why his work isn’t better known. What kind of work? How about 4 valve heads for the Harley Davidson Evo engine, or 6 valve heads for a Ducati or even a W9 3000cc Formula One engine and an offshoot W3 from this engine to be used for MotoGP under the old 990cc rules, all using the 6 valve cylinder heads. This engine was also designed with gasoline direct injection (GDI) and Peripheral Plasma Ignition (PPI).
But wait, there’s more! He designed the patented QUAZCOOL cooling system, controlled by the engine management ECU, using an electric pump with a smart controller and a heat exchanger which is integrated in a modular carbon graphite foam Dissipative Structure, located under the seat support.
A lot to think about, but we’re just getting started. He built a motorcycle, the TEMA 6V, using the 12 valve twin in a CNC milled aluminum frame.
The front suspension is a Formula 1 style parallelogram with pushrod suspension that eliminates the front fork, turning the front wheel directly with the telescopic steering shaft.
The system permits full adjustment of the steering geometry, wheelbase and monoshock link ratio. It eliminates wheelbase and trail changes, brakedive, forktube longitudinal bending mode, and controls tire bounce.
The rear shock is attached to the oil sump under the engine, and it uses a torsion bar inside the swing arm pivot as a spring.
Then there are the bicycle designs, with the Ergostem adjustable steering stem and the Parafork front suspension. He has a gorgeous single sided rear frame and disc brake setup and a leading link in hub front suspension.
He also designed the Romanelli GT, with some sort of composite frame and body. The engine, the Romanelli V12, looks like an early Jaguar V12 with a modified intake system incorporating fuel injection, though there are no details on the site.
Oh, and did I mention the hovercraft?
I don’t know what to say. How many of these projects went beyond the development stage? I have an inquiry into Romanelli Technologies, but haven’t heard back, yet. If I do, I’ll fill in the blanks, but the work he did is certainly impressive.
Again, why haven’t we heard more about him or is it just me? If any of you are familiar with his work, please feel free to supply the missing pieces.
Thanks for the tip, Tony!
Link: Romanelli Technologies