As technology becomes more advanced, designers look for ways to improve on old designs. This is prevalent in the car industry and the latest example comes from the Lazzarini Design Studio with the futuristic Hove Coupe. The studio revealed detailed concept images of the flying car based on the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8. The Isotta was a luxury 1920s car and Lazzarini are looking to carry on the vehicle’s legacy.
Head of the agency, Pierpaolo Lazzarini, is responsible for creating the Hover Coupe. The vehicle features drone-like propellers that will help the car to vertically take off.
A company spokesman said “Inspired by the Isotta Fraschini, a full blood Italian legend, here at Lazzarini Design we played with our imagination to relaunch the brand in a futuristic way. And no wheels are needed. The Hover Coupe maintains the soft lines, yet is powered by four turbine engines, similar to the ones in use in commercial planes, but smaller in diameter at 50 cm.”
The company has estimated that the Hover Coupe will be able to reach a top speed of 342 mph and be able to move left and right because of the turbines. This is achieved through adjustable flats that are located below the chassis. The car also has a lightweight carbon body.
In its day, the 1920s Isotta was one of the most beautiful cars on the market. Bodies were usually supplied from top Italian coachbuilders like Carrozzeria Castagna and Cesare Sala. It had a long bonnet and stylish bumpers that reflected the luxury of the model. The Isotta became the first mass produced car to have a straight-eight engine and reached a top speed of 85 mph.
Lazzarini haven’t confirmed a time-frame for when the Hover Coupe will be made, but they do have a good track record for innovation. For example, they recently created the mini-yacht Jet Capsule.
Although it might be hard to imagine a flying car being functional in the near future, Lazzarini’s design is certainly detailed. The company’s ambition is admirable and they are continuing to push the boundaries of car technology.