Vectrix ‘Hope’ VX-1 Maxi Scooter: The Future of Motorcycling?
Though the future of green cars is looking sexier by the minute thanks to the likes of Tesla and the McLaren P1, eco-friendly motorbikes still have a long way to go. Well, industrial designer Samuel Aguiar thinks he’s come up an option in this transformed Vectrix VX-1 maxi scooter. Named ‘Hope’, Aguiar describes his creation as a cross between ‘a pre-A Porsche 356, an iPhone and a pokémon.’
The Vectrix VX-1 maxi scooter first debuted in 2006 as one of the first commercial electric scooters. But though it was eco-friendly, it’s fair to say it was the most attractive of things with a bulky Big Foot-like construction. But the classic bike has been revamped into ‘Hope’ and it looks like it could be from the future.
The reconstructed Vectrix VX-1 features all of its OG features, such as 65Nm of torque, top speed of 75 mph and a maximum range of 173 miles. The motorbike also still features lithium batteries and a rear wheel engine to ensure this green beast is able to perform.
But though the vital organs have been kept, ‘Hope’ has had some dramatic cosmetic surgery. The design process took four years, beginning with paper sketches to 3D renderings, from which Aguiar used to build the final form with laser-cut steel plates and modelling mastic fiberglass panels.
The original wheels have been replaced with a larger 17″ combo (Suzuki GSF at the front and a custom three-part aluminium design at the rear) and there’s also a Brembo braking system. The sleek dashboard was laser-cut from aluminium, and the inside of the steering was moulded from carbon fibre.
Samuel Aguiar’s ‘Hope’ is purely a concept design but it’s certainly an interesting take on where we could be heading in the future. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!