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Lazzarini FD-One

Lazzarini FD-One flying.


Lazzarini Design Studio
Rome, Italy

Pierpaolo Lazzarini founded the Lazzarini Design Studio in June 2010 in Rome, Italy, after spending many years working in the automotive industry. His freelance designer who employs team of designers, engineers and dreamers who believe in different design approach, using past designs to influence contemporary designs. The design studio creates concept art for the automotive, yachting, architecture, consumer products and aerospace industries. 

Lazzarini Design Studio caters to the manufacturing world bringing ideas from the concept phase, to modeling, animation, programming, and engineering, using high quality 3-D renderings and video. The studio imagines the future design of flying aircraft. The Lazzarini Design Studio's motto is, "Think about the future, never forget the past."

The Formula Drone ONE, or FD-One, is a multicopter hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft with the shape of ducted fans in a triangle formation. The concept VTOL was inspired by a 1950s Formula One Ferrari racing car. The studio wanted to take the curves and design elements of the iconic racing car to use as a base to create a modern but retro looking aircraft design.  

The FD-One has six electric engines connected to a V12 gasoline engine, located in the front part of the vehicle and has three battery packs. The vehicle can fly by receiving the necessary power directly from the engine or from the batteries. The aircraft even has retro-styled exhaust pipes tapering at a backwards angle, similar to ones you'd see on 1950s and 1960s Formula One race cars. 

The fuselage is carbon fiber which keeps weight down to a minimum and a provides high strength for the fuselage. The aircraft comfortably holds two passengers in a fun, open cockpit. The windscreen is a short-height horizontal screen, again, having a retro-look when cars had low height windshields which could be folded down, if the driver wanted to drive without the windscreen in place. The FD-One hybrid-electric VTOL has an estimated top speed of 500 km/h (311 mph), has an estimated flight time of three hours, is 7.5 meters (over 24.5 feet) long and its empty weight is 900 kg (1,984 lbs).

The Lazzarini Design Studio is seeking investors to help start the construction of prototypes for their multiple hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft designs.


  • Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL 
  • Piloting: 1 pilot
  • Capacity: 2, including the pilot and passenger
  • Propellers: 6 
  • Electric Motors: 6
  • Estimated flight time: 3 hours
  • Maximum speed: 500 km/h (311 mph)
  • Engine: V12 combustion engine 
  • Batteries: 3 battery packs 
  • Power source: Can take power from engine or battery packs
  • Empty weight: 900 kg (1,984 lbs)
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber 
  • Windows: Open cockpit 
  • Length: 7.5 meters (Over 24.5 feet)
  • Landing gear: Four retractable landing legs 
  • Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft. 

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