Minichamps MIN122121700 2005 MV Agusta F4 Tamburini Motorcycle with Gold Rims (1:12 Scale)
"The dream of every design engineer is to come up with the most beautiful sports motorcycle in the world then turn it into the fastest, most exclusive, sought after and powerful on the market. This was my dream too. I wanted to feel the reactions of a racing bike that could put every available ounce of power through to the ground beneath me and feel it lean into and hug the curves. I wanted to see perfection in every single detail of material, shape and efficiency, an example of mechanical elegance that would be immortal. I wanted a motorcycle with no half measures, a motorcycle that would combine all of the technology tried out over years of research, a motorcycle intended for connoisseurs and true lovers of motorcycles. All of this was my dream. Today it has come true."
- Massimo Tamburini
The F4 was the motorcycle that launched the resurrection of MV Agusta in 1998. The F4 was created by famous motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini at CRC (Cagiva Research Center), following his work on the Ducati 916. The F4 is unique with its four pipe undertail exhaust, single sided swingarm, huge front forks (49 or 50 mm) and traditional MV Agusta red and silver livery. The F4 is also one of the only production superbikes to have a cassette style transmission and radial valved engine.
The F4 engine was derived from the 1990-1992 Ferrari Formula One engine. Early in the design process Ferrari engineers assisted in the development of the engine. MV (Cagiva at the time) quickly deviated from the Ferrari design, but they kept one important feature, the radial valves. The F4 engine is unique in the sense that it is the only radial valved motorcycle engine currently in production.
The Tamburini, Veltro, and CC models are equipped with variable length intake ducts known as the TSS system. The TSS system is designed to increase torque in the low to midrange, while still allowing for max horsepower at the top of the rev range (usually two mutually exclusive properties of an engine). The TSS system has two positions, it is not able to vary the height of the intake ducts continuously. The TSS system is able to lower peak torque from the 10,000 rpm to 9,000 rpm while maintaining max horsepower. This system debuted on the Tamburini and was lauded by famous independent motorcycling publications such as Australian Motorcycle News. (courtesy: Wikipedia)
Pictured here is a MV Agusta F4 Tamburini motorcycle with gold rims. Comes in a handsome presentation case.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3 inches
Release Date: July 2009
Historical Account: "Italia" - Massimo Tamburini is an Italian motorcycle designer for motorcycle companies including: Cagiva, Ducati, MV Agusta; and Bimota, which he founded, together with Bianchi and Morri (BiMoTa).
He currently works at the CRC (Centro Ricerche Cagiva), a subsidiary of MV Agusta, in San Marino. He is known for introducing some of the most stunning motorcycle designs, including the Ducati Paso, Ducati 916, Cagiva Mito, and MV Agusta F4 750 and 1000.
Tamburini's experience within the motorcycle industry began when he attended the world championship race at Monza in 1961. Captivated by the sound of the MV Agusta's four stroke engine ridden by Provini, Tamburini devoted his life to the design of motorcycles.
Tamburini's designs are the most iconic in the world of motorcycle design. The grandmaster of the Italian school of motorcycle design, Tamburini's motorcycles contrast sharply with the designs of the Japanese school of design. In 1973, Tamburini was one of three founders of Bimota, but he was to join Cagiva in the mid-1980s. In his new position, he designed the classical Ducati 916. When Cagiva acquired MV Agusta, Tamburini designed the new range.
In the field of product design, Tamburini is on a par with the very best Italian automotive designers such as Giorgetto Giugiaro and Marcello Gandini. He lives and works at CRC in San Marino.