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Published on April 14th, 2009 | by Jerry James Stone

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Holy Honda Mod, Batman! Hawk 3-Wheeler looks like Batmobile Meets Rocket

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There are quite a few three-wheelers these days: Aptera, Myers Motors and ZAP! Motors. And while those companies seem to be blocked from government funding, it isn’t stopping designers like 22-year-old Alex Hodge from New Zealand from churning out kickass mods like the Hawk.

The Hawk concept is part fighter jet, part sports car, and looks like it’s balls-out fun! The concept is built around the 999cc Honda RC51 V-twin engine has 10,000 rpm, 120 hp and a top speed of 144 mph.

It has a fiberglass body with a pod-style cab, comes trimmed in lightweight plastics and leather. And it all rides on 19-inch alloyed wheels equipped with twin rear and front disc brakes. Oh, and did you look at the pictures…it’s freakin hot!

But here’s the half empty, you Batman-a-bes won’t be seeing this concept anytime soon. Sorry. Have to save the mantyhose for another day.

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  • Uncle B

    Super fast mcMansion Mortgage buster of a commuter! Now that GM is gone, and the SUV doesn’t terrorize the highways anymore, we don’t have to play the Bigger is safer game anymore! This thing has to get good mileage, can easily be given plug-in batteries when they get real good, and takes up little parking space! If I can get the 8 to five switched to three 12′s or better, I can even save more at the pumps, and even get a second job, or garden my way to lower grocery bills, to get the mortgage down! America needs this kind of relief, during the great republican depression! Wife could get to a part-timer position for cheap enough to make it pay! I could uwse two of these things right now!

  • Uncle B

    Super fast mcMansion Mortgage buster of a commuter! Now that GM is gone, and the SUV doesn’t terrorize the highways anymore, we don’t have to play the Bigger is safer game anymore! This thing has to get good mileage, can easily be given plug-in batteries when they get real good, and takes up little parking space! If I can get the 8 to five switched to three 12′s or better, I can even save more at the pumps, and even get a second job, or garden my way to lower grocery bills, to get the mortgage down! America needs this kind of relief, during the great republican depression! Wife could get to a part-timer position for cheap enough to make it pay! I could uwse two of these things right now!

  • Uncle B

    Super fast mcMansion Mortgage buster of a commuter! Now that GM is gone, and the SUV doesn’t terrorize the highways anymore, we don’t have to play the Bigger is safer game anymore! This thing has to get good mileage, can easily be given plug-in batteries when they get real good, and takes up little parking space! If I can get the 8 to five switched to three 12′s or better, I can even save more at the pumps, and even get a second job, or garden my way to lower grocery bills, to get the mortgage down! America needs this kind of relief, during the great republican depression! Wife could get to a part-timer position for cheap enough to make it pay! I could uwse two of these things right now!

  • http://www.pestaroo.com mike williamson

    What a great car! But the Aptera still seems more viable.

  • http://www.pestaroo.com mike williamson

    What a great car! But the Aptera still seems more viable.

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  • Bad Mojo

    It’s great, until it (if it) ever gets produced and ends being a $40,000 to $60,000 single seat commuter vehicle ala the T-Rex and all the rest of the high(er) performance three-wheeled vehicles.

    If there’s that much concern over “mcMansion” busting, getting away from “bigger is safer,”, increased gas mileage, etc. etc. etc. – buy a motorcycle. It fulfills all the above plus some, costs WAY less, and is perfectly viable (and used as the major source of transportation in several countries). The T-Rex has been out forever, this kind of super niche vehicle does nothing for relieving the economy, not when a Civic is cheaper and probably gets better mileage.

  • Bad Mojo

    It’s great, until it (if it) ever gets produced and ends being a $40,000 to $60,000 single seat commuter vehicle ala the T-Rex and all the rest of the high(er) performance three-wheeled vehicles.

    If there’s that much concern over “mcMansion” busting, getting away from “bigger is safer,”, increased gas mileage, etc. etc. etc. – buy a motorcycle. It fulfills all the above plus some, costs WAY less, and is perfectly viable (and used as the major source of transportation in several countries). The T-Rex has been out forever, this kind of super niche vehicle does nothing for relieving the economy, not when a Civic is cheaper and probably gets better mileage.

  • Bad Mojo

    It’s great, until it (if it) ever gets produced and ends being a $40,000 to $60,000 single seat commuter vehicle ala the T-Rex and all the rest of the high(er) performance three-wheeled vehicles.

    If there’s that much concern over “mcMansion” busting, getting away from “bigger is safer,”, increased gas mileage, etc. etc. etc. – buy a motorcycle. It fulfills all the above plus some, costs WAY less, and is perfectly viable (and used as the major source of transportation in several countries). The T-Rex has been out forever, this kind of super niche vehicle does nothing for relieving the economy, not when a Civic is cheaper and probably gets better mileage.

  • reeco

    its New Zealand bud

    Not new zeeland

  • reeco

    its New Zealand bud

    Not new zeeland

  • reeco

    its New Zealand bud

    Not new zeeland

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  • Michael B

    Uncle B,

    How is this the “Republican Repression”?

    You do realize that Democrats were in control of the House and the Senate since 2006, right?

    You do realize that several key Republicans, including McCain and Bush warned the dems in Congress that the financial meltdown was on teh wya, don’t you?

    Senator Christopher Dodd (Democrat) is head of the powerful banking committee in the Senate. He and Barney Frank (Democrat) consistently resisted attempts by the Bush Administration to closely regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Dodd also got preferential treatment from Countrywide on two mortgages. Countrywide was one of the biggest subprime providers. Frank and Dodd received thousands of dollars in contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the years. Dodd has received $133,900 since 1989; Frank received $40,100. (While in the Senate, Barack Obama received $105,849).

    But the media never told you this stuff. And why? Because they wanted your guy in the Oval office.

  • Michael B

    Uncle B,

    How is this the “Republican Repression”?

    You do realize that Democrats were in control of the House and the Senate since 2006, right?

    You do realize that several key Republicans, including McCain and Bush warned the dems in Congress that the financial meltdown was on teh wya, don’t you?

    Senator Christopher Dodd (Democrat) is head of the powerful banking committee in the Senate. He and Barney Frank (Democrat) consistently resisted attempts by the Bush Administration to closely regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Dodd also got preferential treatment from Countrywide on two mortgages. Countrywide was one of the biggest subprime providers. Frank and Dodd received thousands of dollars in contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the years. Dodd has received $133,900 since 1989; Frank received $40,100. (While in the Senate, Barack Obama received $105,849).

    But the media never told you this stuff. And why? Because they wanted your guy in the Oval office.

  • Michael B

    Uncle B,

    How is this the “Republican Repression”?

    You do realize that Democrats were in control of the House and the Senate since 2006, right?

    You do realize that several key Republicans, including McCain and Bush warned the dems in Congress that the financial meltdown was on teh wya, don’t you?

    Senator Christopher Dodd (Democrat) is head of the powerful banking committee in the Senate. He and Barney Frank (Democrat) consistently resisted attempts by the Bush Administration to closely regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Dodd also got preferential treatment from Countrywide on two mortgages. Countrywide was one of the biggest subprime providers. Frank and Dodd received thousands of dollars in contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the years. Dodd has received $133,900 since 1989; Frank received $40,100. (While in the Senate, Barack Obama received $105,849).

    But the media never told you this stuff. And why? Because they wanted your guy in the Oval office.

  • ChuckL

    Hey, uncle B, Just a bit of information about the depression.

    It started with the “Community Reinvestment Act of 1977” which required Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to get half of their mortgage money into inner city mortgages. They were rather slow about that because it required many of what are now called “sub-prime” mortgages. Then Bill Clinton came along and under his administration the executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were threatened with legal action if they did not comply with the 50% inner city requirement. We also had a big push for Adjustable Rate Mortgages which allowed making loans based on the initial payments instead of the final payment after the rate increased.

    Finally, although Geo. Bush presented the “bailout” plan to congress, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid rewrote it and added much more in the way of funds. It became a Democrat Plan.

    It should not require much for you to research and find that all of these depression causing plans occurred under Democrat administrations with Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress.

    And then we have the proposed laws that republicans presented that would have required Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to return to a proper reserve level for their loans. These bills were presented in 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007. All were killed by Democrats and the last one, which was probably too late anyhow, was killed in committee by Harry Reid.

  • ChuckL

    Hey, uncle B, Just a bit of information about the depression.

    It started with the “Community Reinvestment Act of 1977” which required Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to get half of their mortgage money into inner city mortgages. They were rather slow about that because it required many of what are now called “sub-prime” mortgages. Then Bill Clinton came along and under his administration the executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were threatened with legal action if they did not comply with the 50% inner city requirement. We also had a big push for Adjustable Rate Mortgages which allowed making loans based on the initial payments instead of the final payment after the rate increased.

    Finally, although Geo. Bush presented the “bailout” plan to congress, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid rewrote it and added much more in the way of funds. It became a Democrat Plan.

    It should not require much for you to research and find that all of these depression causing plans occurred under Democrat administrations with Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress.

    And then we have the proposed laws that republicans presented that would have required Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to return to a proper reserve level for their loans. These bills were presented in 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007. All were killed by Democrats and the last one, which was probably too late anyhow, was killed in committee by Harry Reid.

  • ChuckL

    Hey, uncle B, Just a bit of information about the depression.

    It started with the “Community Reinvestment Act of 1977” which required Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to get half of their mortgage money into inner city mortgages. They were rather slow about that because it required many of what are now called “sub-prime” mortgages. Then Bill Clinton came along and under his administration the executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were threatened with legal action if they did not comply with the 50% inner city requirement. We also had a big push for Adjustable Rate Mortgages which allowed making loans based on the initial payments instead of the final payment after the rate increased.

    Finally, although Geo. Bush presented the “bailout” plan to congress, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid rewrote it and added much more in the way of funds. It became a Democrat Plan.

    It should not require much for you to research and find that all of these depression causing plans occurred under Democrat administrations with Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress.

    And then we have the proposed laws that republicans presented that would have required Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to return to a proper reserve level for their loans. These bills were presented in 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007. All were killed by Democrats and the last one, which was probably too late anyhow, was killed in committee by Harry Reid.

  • ChuckL

    Sorry about that. “It should not require much for you to research” comment.

    I forgot that since Obama has taken over with his “OPEN” government, the “Thomas” website for access to bills and proposed bills seems to have many non-working pages.

  • ChuckL

    Sorry about that. “It should not require much for you to research” comment.

    I forgot that since Obama has taken over with his “OPEN” government, the “Thomas” website for access to bills and proposed bills seems to have many non-working pages.

  • ChuckL

    Sorry about that. “It should not require much for you to research” comment.

    I forgot that since Obama has taken over with his “OPEN” government, the “Thomas” website for access to bills and proposed bills seems to have many non-working pages.

  • TheGreench

    At 144Mph I bet you its unstable. In the UK in the 70′s there was a 3-wheeler that use to tip over if you went round a roundabout too fast.

  • TheGreench

    At 144Mph I bet you its unstable. In the UK in the 70′s there was a 3-wheeler that use to tip over if you went round a roundabout too fast.

  • TheGreench

    At 144Mph I bet you its unstable. In the UK in the 70′s there was a 3-wheeler that use to tip over if you went round a roundabout too fast.

  • Mark

    That is awesome! Too bad its just a concept. I’d love to drive (ride) it. I want to let you guys/girls know about a new company called Green Earth Technologies (www.getg.com). They have created a “green” biodegradable motor oil that is SM certified by the API. It’s the first of its kind. The product should hit store shelves in June 2009. Very easy to become “greener” with this, just switch motor oil brands.

  • Mark

    That is awesome! Too bad its just a concept. I’d love to drive (ride) it. I want to let you guys/girls know about a new company called Green Earth Technologies (www.getg.com). They have created a “green” biodegradable motor oil that is SM certified by the API. It’s the first of its kind. The product should hit store shelves in June 2009. Very easy to become “greener” with this, just switch motor oil brands.

  • Kai

    Nice but its the same thing as this http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/05/11/comet-ev-coming-from-china-to-challence-the-ventureone/

    with a modded front and bigger wheels. Seems pretty derivitive.

  • Kai

    Nice but its the same thing as this http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/05/11/comet-ev-coming-from-china-to-challence-the-ventureone/

    with a modded front and bigger wheels. Seems pretty derivitive.

  • Kai

    Nice but its the same thing as this http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/05/11/comet-ev-coming-from-china-to-challence-the-ventureone/

    with a modded front and bigger wheels. Seems pretty derivitive.

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