V8 MASERATI POWER!
Remember the Dodge Tomahawk? It was shown at the Detroit Motor Show back in 2003, and was fitted with a massive 8.3-litre 370kW V10 engine out of a Dodge Viper, with suggestions that it might go as fast as 400km/h.
However, so far non-one has actually seen the four-wheeled beast actually in motion, and in fact Dodge has described it as a “rolling sculpture” that wasn’t meant to be ridden, although reports indicate that as many as nine may have been sold.
In fact, the Tomahawk was little more than a gimmick to show that the Chrysler group – and remember, this was before the Fiat takeover – had some life left in it at an time when its fortunes were flagging.
Whatever, no matter what happened to the Tomahawk, the concept of a four-wheeled motorcycle with a very powerful car engine lived on in the imagination of automotive and industrial designer Ludovic Lazareth, who lives in France, close to the Swiss border south of Geneva.
And to illustrate his skills, and fuel his passion, he has designed the LM847, a motorcycle very much in the idiom of the Tomahawk, but fitted with a 4.7-litre Maserati V8 engine, and with a tilting mechanism that allows it not just to be ridden, but to be as docile as any super-bike, around town as well as on the open road.
In fact, Lazareth wrote to tell us there’s a new video on his website, and it certainly proves that the LM847 is not just legitimate, but street-legal! Have a look here, it’s stunning: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=gGmWm1i6pVo
The LM847 is very similar to that original Tomahawk in basic concept, with four single sided swing arms for the suspension, 420mm rim-mounted brakes with eight pistons at the front and double 225mm Brembo fourpiston discs at the rear, plus dual hubcentre steering. The brake levers are reversed on the handlebar to improve ergonomics, with the mechanism contained inside the handlebar.
Lazareth describes it as a four-wheel tilting motorcycle, with a specific kinematics design with independent suspension each side to allow it to lean.
Power from the 32-valve V8 Maserati engine (from the Quattroporte) is transmitted via a torque converter to two chains which split the 350kW and massive 620Nm of torque. There’s only one speed, and 0-160 km/h takes only seconds, says Ludovic.
The bike sits on a 1,850mm wheelbase on 17-inch wheels. It’s 2,650mm long, 900mm wide, and 1,000mm high, and weighs just 400kg – which is about twice the weight of a modern superbike.
How much? You’ll have to ask Ludovic!