The styling is definitely weird, but that’s something we’ve come to expect from concepts or custom-made motorcycles or scooters that use electric propulsion. Like the four-wheeled vehicles before them, they feel the need to differentiate themselves from the gas-burning crowd, and a wanky design is the easiest way to do it.
However, this thing – called “Hope” – becomes even weirder once you hear Shiny Hammer’s (also known as Samuel Aguiar) sources of inspiration.
He quotes the Porsche 356 classic car, the iPhone and, a bit generically if you ask us, Pokémon. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to see the mood board that led to designing the Hope.
You can definitely see some of that famous Porsche design in there. All those smooth, rounded surfaces are clear reminders of those times, or even harking way back to the first land speed record attempts on two wheels.
The Hope won’t be breaking any of those, though. Underneath, it borrows the mechanical bits from a Vectrix VX-1 electric maxi scooter, meaning it gets a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) and a maximum range of about 170 miles (274 km).
That’s not fast by any means, but people won’t want you to go zipping by in a second anyway.
They’ll want plenty of time to stop and admire the aluminum body you can have your hair done in, or the rounded arch that goes over the handle and incorporates the gauges and the light.
Text credit: autoevolution