Concept: Alpha Machina 1
Designer: Barbara Custom Motorcycles
Odds of Production: It’s ready to be built
The all-electric Alpha Machina 1 concept is a lean and linear locomotive from the designer known only as Benoit, the founder of France’s Barbara Custom Motorcycles. A graduate of Penninghen, the school of art direction and interior architecture in Paris, Benoit creates highly customized renderings with a design philosophy that gives no quarter to the status quo.
“Electric vehicles are the future, but do they all need to be in the spirit of those we have today?” he says. “Why not put engines in wheels and use the full body for battery space?”
While details on the Alpha Machina 1 remain “highly secret data,” according to its creator, it does feature traditional power-train positioning and a familiar fuel-tank structure that serves as the battery housing. When asked what keeps the machine from being made, Benoit answers succinctly: “Nothing.”