Awesome Volkswagen Aqua Hovercraft [Amazing Photo of the Day]

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Unfortunately this isn’t a real car… yet. The above is a concept by 21-year-old Chinese industrial designer Yuhan Zhang:

Hovercraft concepts have been a dime a dozen over the years, so why not add another one to the long list of vehicles we wish will one day make it to the assembly line? Created by Chinese industrial designer Yuhan Zhang, the Volkswagen Aqua Hovercraft concept would certainly be a dream come true.

The 21 year old opted for a hybrid setup that sees the main engine powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, while the fans at the end of vehicle controlling the thrust and steering system are powered by individual electric motors. The Volkswagen hovercraft was designed specifically to tackle all of the varying landscapes found throughout China from roads andw rivers to snow and sand.

So who wants one?

[via HiConsumption]

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  1. Robin Paine

    There is a 700 page book ‘On a Cushion of Air’, (www.amazon.com, http://www.thebookdepository.com, Kindle), which tells the story of Cockerell’s discovery (heavy weights supported by low pressure air) and the development of the hovercraft from the early days to the heyday of the giant 165-ton SRN.4, which crossed the English Channel starting in 1968 carrying 30 cars and 254 passengers at speeds in excess of 75 knots. The service ended on 1st October 2000. Six SR.4s were built. See http://www.onacushionofair.com

  2. Darcy

    [@Louis] A hovercraft does have many limitations and the skirt is one of the biggest. Without the skirt to hold the airflow in, the lifting fans would have to be powerful enough to actually fly, that limits the terrain it ill work on. I like the design though and would definitely like to have one.

  3. Louis

    I’ve always been intrigued by hovercrafts, mainly because we never really see much of them in South Africa, probably due to lack of swamplands.

    I’ve noticed two things about a hovercraft (obvious to guys from the US) : It makes a heck of a noise, and it needs to have a ‘skirt’ that surrounds it at the bottom, to keep the downdraught in and provide the lift — I don’t see this on the prototype though — how will that car get to lift off the ground ?

    It does seem to have sorted out the noise from the fan issue, since I suppose the electric motors will be virtually silent.

    It’s a beauty, if only they could get a thing like that to actually work …