The French motorcycle manufacturer Lazareth has made a name for itself with extreme custom-made products, in which the vehicles go far beyond the usual ideas of motorcycle construction. Almost monstrous was the four-wheeled LM 847 with Maserati V8. This extreme bike was the model for the new LMV 496, which can not only drive electrically driven on roads, but even takes off thanks to integrated mini-turbines in the unfolded state.
According to Lazareth, at the touch of a button, the four wheels, each with turbines in the middle, fold away laterally within a minute. Afterwards, the four jet engines driven by kerosene are directed downwards and can lift the bike, which is not light despite Kevlar carbon composite materials, into the air. According to Lazareth, the four engines provide 1,300 hp and 2,800 Newton meters of thrust. In a video Lazareth shows that the LMV 496 can actually take off. However, the flight characteristics seem to be limited.
Lazareth intends to present the LMV 496 at a trade show in Dubai this fall. Afterwards, interested parties can order the plane motorcycle, of which only five are to be produced, for a price of around 500,000 euros.