By: Kyle James | 12-19-2017 | News
Photo credit: Lazzarini Design Studios

Classic 1920s 'Italian Rolls-Royce' - 4 Jet Engines FLIES at 340mph

Futuristic technology has been merged with 1920s luxury by Lazzarini Design Studio for its Hover Coupe, which resembles a cross between a Rolls-Royce and something from a science fiction film.

Designers of the hover have revealed that the car will reach a top speed in excess of 342mph (550kph) using four jet turbines. The Futuristic Hover Coupe was conceived by Pierpaolo Lazzarini, head of the Rome-based agency behind the creation of breathtaking images and footage of their vision for the vehicle. The car will be capable of vertical take-off and landing due to its drone-like propellers.

The car’s concept is based on the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8, an Italian luxury car manufactured from 1919 to 1924, which was the main rival to the Rolls-Royce. The manufacturer is yet to give a time-frame on when the hovercraft might become a reality.

However, one of the firm's designs, for the mini-yacht Jet Capsule, was recently created, so the concept may not just be pie in the sky. The 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 needed.

'The Hover Coupè maintains the soft lines, yet is powered by four turbine engine, similar to the ones in use in commercial planes, but smaller in diameter at 50 cm (12 inches).

'Four jet engines are mounted on an extremely light carbon body structure. The vehicle measures 4500mm (4.5m/15ft) in length, can hover vertically, moving forward thanks to a system of specially fitted flaps.

'Similar to a drone in the maneuverability, the Hover Coupe could reach, hypothetically, an estimated top speed of 550km/h and it turns left and right by the release of the available air inside the turbines.'

Isotta Fraschini underwent a complete change after the First World War, moving from building a wide variety of models, to adopting a single-series policy.

Tipo 8 was the first mass-produced car in the world to be equipped with a straight-eight engine, initially producing 80 bhp (60 kW) and eventually 90 bhp (67 kW) in later models. The car had a top speed of around 85 mph (137 km/h) to 90 mph (140 km/h).


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