Aqua future of land travel
IT can handle road, sand, ice and even water — and won’t even make a mark on the environment.
The all-terrain vehicle, which has a top speed of 100km/h and works like a hovercraft, can move seamlessly between the range of different surfaces.
Chinese designer Yuhan Zhang, aged just 21, created the spectacular car— called the Volkswagen Aqua — for a competition that was sponsored by the German car manufacturer.
It features a shiny, sleek design with four fans and integrated airbags that inflate to make the vehicle hover.
It’s also totally environmentally friendly — the car’s two motors are powered by a hydrogen fuel cell which also boasts zero carbon emissions.
One of the motors inflates a ‘‘skirt’’ around the vehicle to lift it off the ground, while the other drives it forward and then controls the vehicle’s direction.
Mr Zhang says of his design: ‘‘There is no better form of transport than an air cushion vehicle because it can travel equally well over land, ice and water.
I hope Aqua will one day become an affordable supercar that is widely available to the general public
‘‘I hope that the Aqua will one day become an affordable supercar that is also widely available to the general public.’’
The competition asked designers to come up with a ‘‘Chinese off-road vehicle’’.
The Volkswagen Aqua is based on technology that is now available.
The Volkswagen Aqua can travel over land, ice or water and is environmentally friendly