Aside from an ever-growing range of stunning supercars, we’ve seen some amazing things coming from the realms of Aston Martin’s designers over the last few years. Hot on the heels of Aston Martin’s submarine – Project Neptune - the brand has now unveiled their vision for air travel.
They’ve called it the ‘Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept’ and it’s a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) capable aircraft that Aston Martin say is their study into what ‘luxury personal air mobility’ should look like. Whilst all we currently have are these renders, it’s being developed in partnership with Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Rolls-Royce – so you can tell, much like their 1,000bhp AM37 speedboat and Project Neptune submarine, that they’re serious about the concept.
The concept features space for three adults and is a hybrid-electric vehicle that can fly autonomously to provide fast and efficient travel within cities and urban environments.
Of course, the major advantage of a craft like this is that passengers benefit from all of the perks of hands-off autonomous cars but also the fact that congestion doesn’t tend to happen whilst in the air.
Talking of this, Aston Martin President and CEO Dr Andy Palmer said:
“With the population in urban areas continuing to grow, congestion in towns and cities will become increasingly demanding. We need to look at alternative solutions to reduce congestion, cut pollution and improve mobility. Air travel will be a crucial part in the future of transportation, the Volante Vision Concept is the ultimate luxury mobility solution.”
Making the craft perfect for city travel, no runways are required for the Volante Vision Concept to operate, subsequently meaning that it could easily take-off from your garden or nearby field and then land at your place of work without needing a large stretch of straight road.
It’s no secret that we’ve seen a number of ‘flying car’ concepts recently, but they’ve all tended to require use of an airfield in order to actually fly – an added inconvenience when compared to the Volante Vision Concept.
As with Project Neptune, the styling and interior have been designed by Aston Martin’s Q Division; this means that we can be assured of a luxurious and high quality cabin, twinned with beautiful exterior aesthetics – these initial renders seem to back up that theory.
At the moment, Aston Martin is calling the incredible Volante Vision Concept a ‘study into aerial vehicles’. Reading through their press release, however, they do seem set on creating something like this in the future!