Ferrari has applied for a patent of a V-twin engine design which could suggest a motorcycle is on the way.

Ferrari has applied for a patent of a V-twin engine design which could suggest a motorcycle is on the way.

The patent refers to "an internal combustion engine having two cylinders, which are arranged in a V configuration." It also details the vibrational forces generated in such an engine and talks about how the crankshaft could be balanced to negate them in order to avoid installing balancing shifts which would increase weight and add complexity.

Now that Sergio Marchionne is in charge of Ferrari, maybe he wants to capitalize the brand's recognition by launching a Ferrari-branded motorcycle to boost profits. This makes sense taking into account one of the main reasons why di Montezemolo resigned had to do with his refuse to broaden Ferrari's portfolio and boost production.

Ferrari has also filed a trademark application to register the "Cavallino" (Italian for "pony") moniker to use on a car but no further details are available at this point.

Note: One-off Ferrari-branded motorcycle by David Kay Engineering pictured

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Ferrari patents V-twin engine design, motorcycle in the works?