HERE’S a bird of prey we would love to see in flight! This is the Hawk, and it combines the best bits of a bike and car in a fighter plane-inspired package.
The three-wheeled concept has been created by New Zealand-based designer Alex Hodge, who is aiming to offer motorcycle performance with the comfort of a luxury sportcar.
Its pod-style cabin, which is accessed by folding back the curved glass hood, features a single race seat and digital dials. It’s trimmed in a blend of lightweight plastics and leather.
A lightweight alloy chassis provides impressive strength, but the Hawk should be nimble, as the shell is made of fibreglass.
There is a full-width air intake at the front, while an attractive pointed rear hides the exhaust.
Power comes from a 999cc Honda RC51 V-twin engine, which could rev as high as 10,000rpm. And the 120bhp available at the rear wheel could carry the newcomer to a top speed of 144mph.
Bringing the Hawk back down to earth shouldn’t be a problem, either. The 19-inch alloys get huge brake discs, while the rear wheel features two for extra stopping power.