Concept: Subaru WRX Powered “KickBoxer”

10/26/2009 @ 6:02 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

What you see above is the work of one Ian McElroy. It’s a render, done in SolidWorks, of a concept motorcycle that has a Subaru WRX motor at its core. With twin-intercoolers, underseat turbocharger, and a hub-steering chassis, the KickBoxer, as McElroy calls it, is an impressive looking machine, but what’s most impressive is that Ian didn’t know a lick of SolidWorks before he set out to make this design. Photos and spec’s after the jump.

Learning as he went along, McElroy painstakingly had to battle with not only fitting a car motor into a bike chassis, but also with operating the SolidWorks software. The result is a tasteful and eye-catching design that promises some punch (couldn’t resist that) when you twist the throttle.

Surprisingly in the concept, the motor & transmission from the Subaru don’t look nearly as looming as one would suspect. In his design, McElroy uses both front and rear single-sided swingarms, with perimeter rim disc-brakes. Reminiscent of the Confederate Wraith, the overall effect of the KickBoxer is a sportier, and probably better handling street shredder.

Should anyone decide to build this machine, please let us know.

Proposed Specifications of the KickBoxer:

Engine: stock Subaru WRX
Turbo: stock IHI
Wheels: 5Ziggen “ProRacer”
Wheelbase: 56.5″
Rake: 20 degrees
Right angle gearbox: from a Mitsubishi AWD car
Transmission: Baker Torquebox
Belt drive: BDL
Front hub: rear hub, 1980’s GM car
Rear axle: modified Datsun 280Z stub axle
Rear shock: aftermarket Buell type pull shock

Source: Flickr via The Kneeslider

  • this thing is sexy as hell!!!

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  • alex

    Nice one it’s really aggressive a little uncomfortable maybe with that tank there but good, maybe if he uses rhino or alias instead he would do something more organic still nice concept

  • A good-looking concept, but one minor point of correction –

    Perimeter-mounted brakes are a Buell feature. Erik Buell’s patented ZTL (zero torsion load) brake system has been part of the Buell DNA for 10 years now. The Confederate Wraith has a single front disk brake, but it’s mounted conventionally, not on the perimeter.

    Thanks for the great article. We wish bikes like this could get built!

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  • Jenny Gun

    Buell: The overall design reminds me of the Wraith, not the braking system.