ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER CAVOUR, MOTO GUZZI AND THE ITALIAN NAVY CELEBRATE THEIR CLOSE LINKS BEGINNING WITH THE EAGLE SYMBOL
The occasion saw the world premiere of the V100 Mandello Aviazione Navale, a limited edition of 1913 numbered bikes
Packed with technology, the newest member of the Moto Guzzi family features a unique F-35B fighter-inspired livery, making it the most eye-catching model in the V100 range
Civitavecchia, September 21, 2022 – On the spectacular stage of the cockpit of the aircraft carrier Cavour, Moto Guzzi and the Italian Navy celebrated the close bonds that have united them for more than a hundred years.
The spread eagle, the unmistakable emblem of Moto Guzzi since its foundation in 1921, dates back to the military service of company founders Carlo Guzzi and Giorgio Parodi in the Aeronautical Arm of the Italian Royal Navy during the First World War. During the war, the two friends and pilot Giovanni Ravelli decided to go into motorcycle manufacturing after the end of the conflict. Ravelli died in an accident in 1919 and was unable to realize his dream. Guzzi and Parodi chose the eagle as a symbol in memory of their companion.
The event was an emotional occasion that also included the world premiere of the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello Aviazione Navale, a numbered special limited edition of the latest addition to the Moto Guzzi family. A technology-rich motorcycle that becomes even more eye-catching in this exclusive version, bringing together two great names with inseparable links to Italy’s history.
The project was made possible thanks to Difesa Servizi SpA, an internal company of the Italian Ministry of Defense which, over the past 10 years, has been responsible for the optimization of the Ministry’s assets, granting Moto Guzzi the use of the “Aviazione Navale” sign for the production of the V100 Mandello Aviazione Navale.
Produced in a limited edition of 1913 numbered motorcycles, the exclusive Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello Aviazione Navale pays homage to the year that the aeronautical branch of the Italian Navy was founded and is a unique model, starting with its special naval-inspired one livery
F-35B fighter aircraft. The graphics are a faithful reproduction of the aircraft, with the insignia on either side of the cowl, along with the signature “Jet Intake” stripes. The livery is enhanced by a low-visibility tricolor rosette on the sides of the fuel tank, the emblem of the Italian Naval Aviation and the logo of the Boarded Aircraft Unit.
Standard features include a tire pressure monitoring system and heated hand grips, while the serial number is laser etched onto the risers. Each of the bikes comes with its own cover and commemorative plaque.
Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello
The Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello opens a whole new chapter in the history of the company; it defies conventional categorization and combines brilliant performance with the travel vocation that is at the heart of every Moto Guzzi two-wheeler.
This is a Moto Guzzi like never before, whose cutting-edge technology and innovative technical and aerodynamic solutions open the door to the brand’s future. The V100 Mandello is an innovative bike that starts with the design, which as always highlights the unique, inimitable twin-cylinder engine. Lines that eschew nostalgia and offer a modern interpretation of the key elements of the Moto Guzzi style language. The motorcycle is a turning point in the history of the brand and introduces many important technological innovations: the first two-wheeler with adaptive aerodynamics, the first Moto Guzzi model with a six-axis inertial platform, ABS cornering, semi-active suspensions and a quick gearshift, to name just the to name the most important.
The V100 Mandello is also the first Moto Guzzi motorcycle to be powered by the new compact block engine with sophisticated technical characteristics. The tradition is maintained by the 90° V-Twin architecture that guarantees Moto Guzzi’s unique torque delivery and inimitable sound, but the project is completely new and offers impressively brilliant performance: power of 115 hp and torque of 105 Nm, with 82 % are already available at 3,500 rpm.
The Italian Naval Aviation – Aviazione Navale – is the air component of the Italian Navy created to operate at sea in close contact with its ships. Its origins date back to 1913 when the Royal Navy’s Aeronautical Service was formally established.
The Navy’s aviation units are currently directed by COMFORAER Air Forces Command, which is responsible for organizing and coordinating the activities of all Navy aircraft, including maintenance, management of logistical infrastructure, and training of flight and ground crews.
Its fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters are boarded on ships equipped with hangars and a flight deck, on amphibious assault units, and on aircraft carriers.
Since the 1980s, Italian Naval Aviation has been involved in all major international operations.
The Cavour aircraft carrier
The Cavour (CVH 550) is a short takeoff, vertical landing aircraft carrier built by Fincantieri. It entered service for the Italian Navy in 2009.
With an overall length of 244 meters and a runway of 220 meters, the Cavour is the flagship of the Italian Navy and one of the most important technological investments in the country’s national defense system.
The Cavour can board and operate with all aircraft of the Italian Navy: helicopters (AB 212, EH 101, NH 90), AV-8B aircraft and latest generation aircraft such as
The flight deck extends from bow to stern with a runway parallel to the longitudinal axis of the carrier and a ski jump to ensure aircraft can take off with maximum payload. The hangar is designed for up to 12 helicopters or alternatively 8 airplanes. Handling between the hangar and flight deck is via two 30-ton elevators. The Cavour has a permanent crew of 550 sailors and can accommodate up to 1,200.
Difesa Servizi SpA
Difesa Servizi SpA is the internal company of the Italian Ministry of Defense responsible for the management and optimization of the Ministry’s assets. On the market, it provides services for a large number of national and international players.
Since its creation in 2011, the company has met the need for innovation and promotes the unique values of the Italian Armed Forces, operating in a wide variety of sectors, through careful economic management of the defense goods and services entrusted to it.
Difesa Servizi SpA offers a range of goods and services such as: B. the economic management of real estate and assets, without sale; Environmental optimization of military units to generate energy from renewable sources; Promotion and economic management of meteorological, health, commodity, geo-cartographic, aerial and satellite photography operations and services provided by the armed forces for others; Brand optimization through temporary, fee-based provision of the logos, designations and identification marks of the German Armed Forces; Promotion and accounting of technical activities and services, including those related to the Ministry’s industrial and production activities, for which national and international public and private sector bodies have been given a specific mandate.
It was founded in March 2010 and started operations in the second half of 2011.