Tom Abbot Davies
London, England, United Kingdom
Tom Abbot Davies is an enthusiastic and talented industrial designer who completed this electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Tesla concept aircraft as a project while enrolled at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. His design is based on the manta ray. (All graphics used with permission from Mr. Davies. Note that this project is not in any way connected with the car company, Tesla, Inc.)
Davies started sketching the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft by hand in 2014 while attending Stowe School. Then during his undergraduate studies at Loughborough University, in the 2017 school year, he used the 3D CAD program Solid Works to finalize the design and used Keyshot to render the CAD files.
While Davies has not published any flying specifications such as cruise speed, cruise altitude, range, length of flying time or maximum takeoff weight, the design certainly falls within the class of looks and sports car type Urban Air Mobility (UAM) eVTOL aircraft proposed by Alauda Airspeeder, Aston Martin, Drone Champions, and Porsche.
The Model V2 eVTOL concept design is a direct successor to Davies first Model V single passenger eVTOL concept design. The Model V2 name stands for vertical takeoff and landing, second design. The aircraft is a three passenger aircraft, has two rotating Electric Ducted Fans (EDF) nacelle thrusters (for forward and vertical flight), one rear gimballed ducted fan, has a fast cruise speed, flies at a high altitude, has retractable landing gear, has an all-battery power source and is made for luxurious and quiet intracity (within the same city) and intercity flights (between two cities). The Model V2 size is a small enough aircraft to takeoff and land at urban skyports or on a wide driveway.
Davies’ goal was to internship at Telsa and while he wasn’t offered an internship, he is currently looking for an industrial design position with an eVTOL or hybrid-electric VTOL manufacturer.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL aircraft
- Piloting: Unknown
- Capacity: 3 passengers
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Propellers: 2 forward Electric Ducted Fans (EDF) nacelle thrusters and rear 1 ducted fan
- Electric Motors: Unknown
- Power source: hydrogen fuel cells
- Estimated maximum payload: 363 kg (800 lb)
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Canopy over cockpit allowing forward, left, right and top visibility, for spectacular views
- Wings: Delta wing
- Landing gear: Tricycle retractable landing gear