Bike to the Future! Stunning ultra-sleek TMC Dumont motorcycle has record-breaking 36-inch hubless wheels and is powered by an AIRCRAFT engine
A former Formula One driver has designed an ultra-sleek new motorbike, known as the TMC Dumont, powered by a vintage 300-horsepower Rolls-Royce Continental V6 aircraft engine.
The futuristic ride has 36-inch hubless wheels – ‘the largest wheels ever made for a motorcycle’ according to the Brazilian creator Tarso Marques.
The wheels are fixed to the base of the rim giving the motorcycle the appearance that it is ‘floating’ on the road.
Creator Tarso Marques said he has been dreaming about the design for 15 years, which he describes as the ‘most expressive event of customisation in the world’
Every aspect of the TMC Dumont was developed and manufactured in Brazil – from the design of the chassis, to the colour and painting of the frame.
Describing his creation as ‘the most expressive event of customisation in the world’, Marques described the motorbike as the culmination of years of planning.
‘It’s a special project that I’ve been dreaming about for at least 15 years. I did not develop it before because it was very difficult to realise it without technological assistance from outside partners’, said Marques.
‘And I wanted this to be a 100 per cent Brazilian project, without any foreign supplier.’
The enormous wheels are made to invoke a reaction in the observer, Marques said. The wheels are fixed in a lower section, so the vehicle appears to be ‘floating’
The enormous hubless wheels are designed to invoke the biggest reaction from the observer, Marques said.
‘It is practically impossible to remain indifferent or to not be impacted by the design and form in front of you,’ he said.
The wheels, which have no central hub or spokes, are fixed to the lower section of the rim.
This gives the impression the vehicle is ‘floating’ on the road, the designer claims.
Marques even manufactured the tyres himself – ensuring the entire project was custom-designed.
The former Formula One driver has not revealed the total cost of the motorcycle, or its top speed.
Every aspect of the bike was developed and manufactured in Brazil – from painting the frame to the creation of the chassis
The DMC Dumont is powered by a Rolls-Royce engine from the 1960s, which has been restored to former glory.
Before it was incorporated into a futuristic motorbike, the vintage engine is likely to have powered small aircrafts, like the Cessna.
The TMC Dumont is named in tribute to the Brazilian inventor and aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont.
Few details of the concept bike exist, but what is known is the raw power of the engine and the hubless and spokeless wheel design.
The ultra-sleek motorcycle is made form a combination of carbon fibre, chrome and metal alloys.
To make the TMC Dumont, the designers used a variety of methods, including high-performance Romi machining centre machines, Laser Mark and Halter cutting machines, Laser Technology scanners from Faro Technology and Wishbox 3D printers.
The chassis is made from chromium-molybdenum aluminium to provide the strength required to support the weight of the huge engine.
The bike come fitted with a speedometer, retractable lighting, a four gallon aluminium fuel tank (16 litres) and a two litre oil reservoir (eight litres).
Wheel size: 36-inch diameter
Engine maker: Rolls-Royce
Engine model: Continental flat six
Engine horsepower: 300-horsepower (224 kW)
Official reveal: 77th Daytona Bike Week
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