• Sep 24, 2008

Click above for high-res gallery of the Ferrari motorbike concept


This may not be the first effort at creating a Ferrari motorcycle, but it may very well be the best. Alfredo "Dino" Ferrari, the departed son of company founder Enzo, was said to have raced specially-prepared motorcycles in the 1950s. In the 1970s, Kay Engineering crafted a racing bike, now said to be worth half a million dollars, with full factory backing to honor Enzo Ferrari. In the '80s, legendary motorcycle designer Arlen Ness styled a one-off chopper on the Testarossa, while some guy named George crafted a pair of Ferrari-powered superbikes. Last year someone built a custom Scuderia Ferrari chopper for the retiring Michael Schumacher (who has since been trying his hand at motorbike racing), and earlier this year a collector crafted a model of what a Ferrari sportbike could look like. We're sure some more will be brought to our attention in the comments below, but while some of these creations have been more convincing than others, this one has to be the slickest.

The concept motorbike is the work of Israeli designer Amir Glinik, who centered his design around the theoretical application of the Ferrari Enzo's V12 engine, chopped down to four cylinders and modified to drive just one wheel in a motorcycle frame. Around the V4 engine, Glinik has designed a fluid shape that may appear more futuristic in its styling than inspired by current roadcar designs, but certainly catches your attention. Glinik has even planned out the theoretical controls, which blend elements from an F-16 fighter jet (more common in his home country than Ferraris, anyway) and the Scuderia's high-tech Formula One steering wheel, supplemented by a weatherproof touch-screen LCD atop the fuel tank.

Onetime Ferrari designer Frank Stephenson, now at arch-rival McLaren, was quoted as saying that the closest the average person will get to owning a Ferrari would be a Ducati. True as that may be, what you see here may be the most well thought-out and enticing application of the Ferrari ethos to two-wheeled motoring we've seen yet. Follow the link for more information, and check out the images in the gallery below for a closer look.


[Source: Industrial & Art via Luxist]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Where are the throttlebodies on the motor? Theres just 2 pipes coming off the intake manifold with flanges on them that look like they're DCOE spacing for some universal ITBs... into a plenum?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Leave the motorcycle designing to Ducati instead of Ferrari.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My guess is that the vast majority of those who like this... "motorcycle..." are not actually sportbike owners. I have had a large number of street and racebikes over the years including 5 Ducatis (two currently) and am a Ferrari fan as well. There's no two ways about it - this is hideous. Save for the badge, there's nothing about this bike that evokes any thoughts of Ferrari design or heritage for me. The best thing about Italian design is the ability to blend style AND functionality and this falls short on both. This thing would be abominable to ride with massive amounts of wind buffetting and a HUGE amount of form over function. Leave that to the chopper fad. I'll take my Ducs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      dont like it.
      where does the rider sit?
      i see a smooth shell around a bike with nowhere for a rider to tuck in out of the wind, hit 200 on that and you'd be ripped right off it
      Jon Russell
      • 6 Years Ago
      you guys must be smoking... this thing if F#@king hideous
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Jon Russell
        Given where the rear cylinders, exhaust pipes, and the seats are located, you're gonna end up with roasted ass.

        Even if it looks nice to some, the moment anyone sit on it, it'll look like a nice bike with a sack of potato on it.

        • 6 Years Ago
        @Jon Russell
        I agree. It looks like Max Rebo from Starwars. aka Blue elephant type thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Jon Russell
        Fvcking hideous, the first 5 posters are obviously esthetically challenged. It looks like 5 lbs of playdough stretched over a sport bike frame. No lines, no curves, no dynamics... just a bunch of melted plastic.

        For the record, I ride an 05 R6 raven...
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Jon Russell
        it's like an overfed squid.

        oh the treachery.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Jon Russell
        THANK YOU ! For a moment after reading all those comments above I was wondering if somethings wrong with "me". Its Hideous ugly. Its just big read and bulbous, belongs straight to the animation movie like "CARS" or call it "BIKES".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seems that people either love it or hate it.

      For me, I think it is a really cool looking ride. Really enjoy the big vents up front.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW!

      It's looks like it belongs a PS3/XBox video game, but I can imagine seeing one on the streets of Miami, LA, etc. Who knows what the Stig at TopGear would do with that!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The skin is ugly, but what is underneath is Beautiful! Arlen Ness did something like this 15 years ago. I'm gonna have to go find the picture.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy Jesus that is awesome!
        • 6 Years Ago
        this bike looks like Karim Rashid designed it when he was 4!!! nastiest thing i have seen in along time. not a single bit italian.




        if u like this thing god be with u!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you lost your eyesight too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      first time poster. it seems to me making a motorcycle aerodynamic is pretty easy, you can make a tube like this. most bikes make aerodynamic space for their rider (buffeting could be violent on this bike at speed). seems to be a lack of suspension travel. perimeter brakes? on only one side? big discs might be more ferrari. silly and ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Akira Bike!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Tetsuoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        it would be the Akira bike if that bike were a sportbike and not a cruiser. But yeah, I see it, too. 8^)
        • 6 Years Ago
        My first thoughts as well...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Kaaaneeedaaaaaa!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is the smoothest aardvark I have ever seen.
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