Strapping an aircraft engine to a motorcycle isn’t an entirely novel concept but the TMC Dumont takes it a step further by drawing inspiration from the film TRON.
The TMC Dumont, a specially designed futuristic model equipped with Rolls-Royce Continental V6 engine with 300 horsepower and hubless 36-inch wheels was the one of the main attractions of Daytona Bike Week, the most important customization event in the world.
“We found this engine of the 1960s totally finished in an air club in Paraná,” Tarso Marques said on his website. “As in aviation all systems are redundant and more complex, reworking the entire engine and standardizing it to run more simply on a motorcycle has demanded more time.”
The TMC Dumont is the work of Brazilian former Formula 1 driver and champion motorcycle custom builder Tarso Marques. Its name is a tip of the hat to Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, who Brazilians believe got an airplane aloft before America’s Wright Brothers.
“My greatest motivation was to show the Americans our capacity for creation and innovation with a 100% national project,” Marques said. “And I think these trophies of the photos respond well to this doubt and prove that not only did we succeed, but that the dream was worth it.”
As insane as it is, this thing also happened to be ambitious enough to win best in show at this year’s Daytona Bike Week. And if you would like to watch a time-lapse video of the build, check out the video below!