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Who needs a road? Chinese designer creates eco-friendly all-terrain car for land, water and ice

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/01/09 04:19:53
A Chinese inventor has come up with an incredible new design for a car that will work on tarmac, sand, ice… and even water.

The all-terrain vehicle, which has a top speed of 62mph and works like a hovercraft, can move seamlessly between different surfaces.

Designer Yuhan Zhang, 21, created the spectacular car – called the Volkswagen Aqua – for a competition sponsored by the German car manufacturer.


Concept: The Volkswagen Aqua car would be capable of travelling on road, sand, water and ice

It features a shiny, sleek design with four fans and integrated airbags that inflate to make it hover.

And it’s also environmentally-friendly as its two motors are powered by a hydrogen fuel cell – with zero carbon emissions.

One of the motors inflates a ‘skirt’ around the vehicle to lift it off the ground, while the other drives it forward and controls direction.

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  • sglmom 2012/01/09 04:39:44
    sglmom
    +4
    You know what ..
    Other than the fuel (which is different)

    I can remember going to a little amusement park .. they had rides there where you could get in a convertable car .. they'd go down the ramp to the water and propel you across the river to the other side ..
    It was a blast to ride this vehicle as kiddies .. (let's see .. that would be .. oh, let's just say decades and decades ago .. )

    It was fun to see Hovercraft in use in the Military too ..

    Ah .. well .. good for him for figuring out the new fuel to use ..

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  • wolfshadow 2012/01/10 02:37:41
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    Dead for decades and Hitler still has an impact on society. The Volkswagen (peoples wagon) was one of his 'good' ideas.
  • Dickens 2012/01/09 20:53:29
    Dickens
    +1
    ..oh, so they invented something that has already been invented...they should be very proud...
  • ~ The R... Dickens 2012/01/09 21:03:19
    ~ The Rebel ~
    New and improved?
  • Dickens ~ The R... 2012/01/09 21:07:52 (edited)
    Dickens
    +1
    ..new? maybe new-ISH...But improved? have you seen Chinese manufactured products? when did they ever improve anything?
  • ~ The R... Dickens 2012/01/09 22:59:37
    ~ The Rebel ~
    LOL You got me on that one!!!
  • RastaFan 2012/01/09 20:37:27
    RastaFan
    +1
    Very cool ... Can't wait to check this out. The concept's been around quite awhile, but sooner or later, someone's bound to get it right.
  • Vanessa 2012/01/09 13:58:08
    Vanessa
    +1
    Sounds impressive =)
  • Arjuna 2012/01/09 12:51:52
    Arjuna
    +1
    Sounds like a conventional hover craft except for the hydrogen cell. Good that the Chinese are doing work in climate and environment smart development! Hope to see more in the future from that part of the world. :)
  • doc moto 2012/01/09 08:56:48
    doc moto
    +1
    Wow they stole that from Reader's Digest!
  • Steve Russel 2012/01/09 08:01:20
    Steve Russel
    +2
    Maybe they have a better design but, in the past, amphibious cars have been both bad cars and worse boats.
  • Arjuna Steve R... 2012/01/09 12:53:34
    Arjuna
    you got a point there Steve. I have the same sentiments but any motor that reduced the carbon footprint is exciting news for me. Lets see where commercial development goes (if they get to that stage at all)
  • millermedia 2012/01/09 05:16:25
    millermedia
    +2
    Very interesting.
  • sglmom 2012/01/09 04:39:44
    sglmom
    +4
    You know what ..
    Other than the fuel (which is different)

    I can remember going to a little amusement park .. they had rides there where you could get in a convertable car .. they'd go down the ramp to the water and propel you across the river to the other side ..
    It was a blast to ride this vehicle as kiddies .. (let's see .. that would be .. oh, let's just say decades and decades ago .. )

    It was fun to see Hovercraft in use in the Military too ..

    Ah .. well .. good for him for figuring out the new fuel to use ..
  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2012/01/09 04:22:55
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
    +4
    WOW= GREAT FOR THE CHINESE..
  • Chukroast 2012/01/09 04:21:44
    Chukroast
    +2
    Sounds awkward, expensive and impractical.
  • ~ The R... Chukroast 2012/01/09 04:35:31
    ~ The Rebel ~
    +2
    I thought it sounded like a lot of fun... rofl

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