Electric Motorcycles News contacted designer Samuel Aguiar on the occasion of his latest design “Hope”. Mr Aguiar was so kind to send us these pictures along with his vision of this unique electric motorcycle based on a Vectrix platform.
The name ‘Hope’ was chosen for its original meaning but also for the signification of his onomatopoeia suggesting for me, a move made with ease.
I was looking for a design that you would want to hug, without any aggressive shape, something like a blend between a pre-A Porsche, an iPhone and a Pokemon.
Before designing ‘Hope’, I developed the package to make sure that everything would work as it should and also to feel how the bike reacts when you drive it and what it tells you. The driving experience is very pure, you have no shift gear and you can drive it only by using the throttle, turning it in both ways, to accelerate or to brake and recharge the batteries. Regarding this pureness that you experiment when you are on it, I decided to keep the dashboard as a reference for the technical feedback that you need but making sure that it doesn’t interfere with the driving experience too much to only have the road in front of you, the road being « life » in that scenario.
You can see the design in a ‘volume way’ with a large lower part and a small upper part, the lower part being the shape that you sit on (frame and batteries) and the upper part being the shape that you talk to (dashboard and handle bar) or in a ‘graphical way’ with a central aluminum body that holds together the 102 cells, a front part and a rear part. The main role of the front and rear modules being to protect the heart of the bike, like bumpers, but also having an identity function.
From the initial idea to the final working bike
took me 4 years to produce it by myself.
Once the volume was defined I had to find a nice melody between the seat, the lights, the dashboard and all the other elements. It was important for me to stay very ergonomic to make the design usable. This is where you decide to keep your idea as a sculptural stage or bring it to a functional state.
The way that the body turns around the frame is a good representation of what I wanted to express as relation between the different elements of the bike. I see it as a peaceful organization where everything is please to everything and you can see this approach everywhere on ‘Hope’ like the communication between the seat and the taillight for example. Thinking this way, you realize that ‘Hope’ could have been designed a century ago or in a century. As neutral and logical as it may seem, it can also be seen as radical in a way, without trying to satisfy or sell anything but being.
- ‘Hope’ is an electric motorbike using lithium batteries.
- Rear wheel engine.
- Power: 21 000 w.
- Torque: 65 Nm.
- Maximum speed: 130 Km/h.
- Autonomy: up to 230 km.
‘Hope’ is based on a Vectrix platform. I used the VX-1 model for ‘Hope’. The original scooter from Vectrix is not really my thing but when you take off all the secondary elements on it, you find a very cool and well build squared base. It is all made of aluminum and the frame itself is very strong and light.
Only few modifications were made on the chassis. I went with 17″ wheels front and rear instead of 13″ and 14″, a bigger front brake system from Brembo and lowered the handle bar quite a lot. The bike became even more stable and still very easy to drive.
I started with packaging & sketches to define what I wanted. I then developed a complete 3D model to define the design I wanted with all the details. Made 3D renderings for presentation and used the datas to export the main volume in real life. From the initial idea to the final working bike took me 4 years to produce it by myself.