Aston Martin Volante Vision VTOL revealed
Car manufacturer Aston Martin has revealed a concept for a luxury VTOL named the Volante Vision.
The VTOL will be able to seat three passengers and will feature three propellers, a main one for lift at the rear of the aircraft and two on the front of the aircraft for thrust.
Whilst Aston Martin has not given rundown on other the specifications of the aircraft though its speed is unlikely to match the 183mph an 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds performance of the Volante car. The announcement specified that the Volante Vision will have autonomous capabilities and will be hybrid-electric powered. Like many other VTOL announcements from legacy manufacturers, Aston Martin is specifically marketing the aircraft as an alternative to cars in congested cities.
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.
“Humans have always spent on average, one hour commuting to and from work. The distance we live from our workplace has been determined by the methods of transportation available. The Volante Vision Concept will enable us to travel further with our hourly commute, meaning we are able to live further away from where we work. Cities will grow, and towns that are today too far away from cities to be commutable will become suburban.
This is the company’s latest foray into specialist vehicle markets, having also revealed its submarine project and yacht tender last year. Aston Martin is also collaborating with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Rolls-Royce on the project.
Paul Hutton, CEO of Cranfield Aerospace Solutions said: “The introduction of autonomous and electric propulsion technologies into new aircraft designs is both inevitable and challenging, and as the UK’s leading aircraft design and production SME we are excited to be playing this key role in the Volante Vision Concept and so to be at the vanguard of this revolution in aerospace.”