I know this is like, 7 years late, but the Dodge Tomahawk concept motorcycle still doesn’t fail to capture my imagination when it comes to crazy ass ideas.
Imagine what the conversation was like during the first meeting:
Designer: “I have an idea, but it’s a little crazy.”
Corporate Businessman: “Crazy is good. It’s a concept car.”
Designer: “Well… it’s not really a car.”
Corporate Businessman: “Not really a car? What do you mean?”
Designer: “How would you feel about being strapped to a Dodge Viper engine and two wheels?”
And there you go. Somehow, amazingly, this concept vehicle was greenlit to be created. I don’t think any other concept vehicle can compare to the idea of going 300 mph on a “motorcycle”.
According to the Tomahawk’s Wikipedia article:
It was reported that hand-built examples of the Tomahawk would be produced on order through the Nieman Marcus catalog at a price of US$ 555,000 for the bike and $100 million to develop and 9 of them might have sold. The Tomahawk’s impracticality was mocked by one with as a “rideable engine stand.”
Now would I ride this 500 hp beast? Maybe. I think I would need paramedics on staff just in case.