Lewis Hamilton helps design limited-edition MV Agusta

MV Agusta

Lewis Hamilton has given his name to a special-edition MV Agusta superbike as part of a collaboration with the Italian manufacturer.

The bike, known as the Dragster RR LH44 Limited Edition, was styled by Hamilton and features his logo and F1 race number 44. Just 244 examples will be made and each one will be signed by Hamilton.

"I have a huge passion for bikes, so the opportunity to work with MV Agusta on my own Dragster RR LH44 Limited Edition has been a great experience," he said.

"I have really enjoyed the creative design process with the MV Agusta team; the bike looks amazing - really aggressive and with fantastic attention to detail, I am truly proud of the result.

"I love riding this bike; it is so much fun. I hope its new owners love it as much as I do."

The bike is powered by a three-cylinder, 800cc engine which puts out 140 HP at 13,100 rpm. Hamilton's input, however, is mainly limited to the styling of the bike.

"Hamilton worked closely with the Castiglioni Research Centre for several months as they chose details, finishes and exclusive accessories," a press release explained. "The graphics are a good example: the pearl white colour scheme and panther logo are taken from his helmet, while Candy Apple Red 44 is his race number, which decorates the front and side of the bike, not to mention the ignition key."

The last road-going vehicle Hamilton gave his initials to was his one-off Pagani Zonda 760LH, which he damaged in an accident ahead of last weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.