Lazzarini Hover Coupé
Lazzarini Design Studio
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 Hover Coupé is a retro-style curvy hybrid-electric aircraft based on the early 20th Century luxury Italian car, the Tipo 8 by Isotta Fraschini, made from 1919 to 1924. The hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft can fit in a parking space, holds two passengers, looks very much like a futuristic car/aircraft with four ducted stylized fans at each corner of the aircraft. The aircraft looks like a car with its wheels replaced by ducted fans.
The VTOL has a retro-futuristic stylized body, very modern front and back lights, a thin vertical front grill - apparently for air intake, has windows on the sides, top and back of the passenger compartment, has a carbon fiber fuselage and lands on the bottom of the four ducted fans.
Directional control is made by the speed of each of the eight independent ducted fans and has adjustable flaps under it's fuselage which maneuver the aircraft to any position it likes, from vertical takeoff to rounding the corners of buildings.
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: 8
- Electric Motors: 8
- Maximum speed: 550 km/h (342 mph)
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber
- Length: 4.5 meters (Almost 15 feet)
- Doors: Gull wing doors
- Entry step: Has retractable entry step to help passengers climb into the aircraft
- Windows: Panoramic windows with forward, left and right and top visibility for spectacular views for the passengers
- Landing gear: Lands on the circular landing skids just beneath the bottom of each ducted fans
- 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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- Video: The Hover Coupè, Lazzarini Design, Dec. 3, 2017
- Article: The Italian designer blending the past and future, New Atlas, Dec. 12, 2017
- Article: Futuristic Hover Coupe Inspired by Old Luxury Cars, Thomas Net, Dec. 18, 2017
- Article: Lazzarini's hover coupé is a visionary flying car concept, Design Boom, Dec. 23, 2017
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