The Volkswagen Aqua is a futuristic hovercraft concept
created by Yuhan Zhang, a 21 year old designer from China.
Yuhan just graduated with honors from Xihua University
with a degree in Industrial Design. Currently she's in
the process of selecting a Transportation Design course
to further her studies.
The Volkswagen Aqua is designed to cope with the wide
variety of terrain which covers China. From the lakes,
rivers and coastal waters, to the roads, wetlands and
snow and ice. The concept was shortlisted in the CDN Car
Design Awards China, based on the brief entitled simply;
"Chinese off-road vehicle" by Volkswagen.
Like most hovercraft, the Volkswagen Aqua uses more than
one engine. The primary motor, which is powered by a hydrogen
fuel cell, is used to drive the main fan which inflates
the skirt around the vehicle and raises the Aqua just
above the ground. The fans at the rear of the vehicle
are powered by individual electric motors to provide forward
thrust and directional control.
The styling of the Volkswagen Aqua is extremely clean
and simple. There's very little clutter to the lines,
except perhaps at the rear due to the quartet of fans.
The interior has room for two people, and features a similar
minimalist vibe as the exterior.
Perhaps our only area of concern is with how you actually
enter the vehicle. See that small round hatch at the rear
of the vehicle, the one located where the rear window
would normally be? That's your one and only door.