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.
We do know the Model V name stands for vertical takeoff and landing and is a one passenger aircraft made for luxurious and quiet UAM flights. The Model V is a small enough aircraft to fit easily on urban landing pads or on a driveway.
Davies’ goal was to internship at Telsa and this design was included in the Tesla internship application process. 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
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Propellers: 3 ducted fans, all 3 ducted fans can be used for vertical flight and forward flight
- Electric motors: 3 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Canopy: Panoramic window will full forward, side and top visibility for spectacular views
- Fuselage: Magnesium fuselage with a carbon fiber underbody
- Landing gear: Tricycle retractable landing gear
- 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. Redundancy in all electrical and avionics instruments to highly reduce any chance of failure during flight.