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Aston Martin’s Volante Vision Concept is a luxury sportscar in the sky

Dal Kikin
October 10, 2018

British Aston Martin, Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Rolls-Royce presented the concept of a Volante Vision Concept flying vehicle.

VTOL will be driven by a combined powertrain. Developers see in the device a replacement for the usual luxurious transport. The prototype Volante Vision Concept, was developed with the participation of specialists from Rolls-Royce, Cranfield University and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions.

As conceived by the developers, the flying car will replace the traditional luxury transport. The head of Aston Martin, Andy Palmer, said that now the average person now needs one hour to get from work to his home. A top manager claims that Volante Vision Concept, due to its mobility, will significantly reduce this figure, because the car will not have to stand in traffic jams, and it does not need a runway, as it will receive the possibility of vertical takeoff and landing. 

At the moment, the prototype Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept exists only on drawings that demonstrate the concept of a luxury aircraft of the near future. During takeoff, a large vertical fan at the back of the craft works with twin propellers at the front to provide lift. At a sufficient altitude, the two propellers rotate into a forward position to generate thrust. Inside, the cockpit is outfitted with three two-toned leather chairs and a heads-up display that could have been ripped straight from Iron Man. Cranfield University, one of Aston Martin’s partners on the project, is developing autonomous technology that would turn over the heavy lifting of flying to the craft itself.

The exterior of the flying Volante Vision Concept was designed by chief designer Aston Martin Marek Raikhan. This specialist has previously worked on the appearance of the models DB11, Vantage, DBS Superleggera and Valkyrie.

“We have used forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering and beauty that shape our cars,” says design director Marek Reichman. “We are at the beginning of a new generation of urban transportation, vertical mobility is no longer a fantasy. We have a unique chance to create a luxury concept aircraft that will represent the ultimate fusion of art and technology.