Vision Volante Concept Aircraft Revealed

Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and Cranfield University take to the skies.

In the past, we’ve seen Aston Martin dip their toe into many different markets in the transport sector, such as the time they collaborated with different specialists to build a small submarine called Project Neptune.

However, this time Aston Martin has teamed up with another British classic – Rolls Royce and Cranfield University to create a “luxury concept aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities.”
What can we expect from the reveal of the Vision Volante Concept aircraft?
When it was revealed at the Farnborough International Airshow this year, it was described to be the near future vision of personal luxury air travel with its futuristic technology and autonomous system attached to it.

In terms of cabin space, you’ll be able to fit up to three passengers inside with a 1+2 configuration, with a fighter jet style canopy. Aston Martin has taken charge when it comes to styling, so you could imagine it to look very sleek and stylish but still holds a lot of sophistication. They have even taken inspiration from their Valkyrie model through the front wing element.
How is the Vision Volante Concept going to be powered?
It will feature a gas turbine hybrid propulsion system which will be designed by Rolls-Royce, and in addition to this, a tri-rotor propeller setup to enable VTOL capabilities. But it’s greatness doesn’t stop there, as it will include an onboard battery pack which will enable you to travel short journeys on electric power only.

Do we know about any official performance or range figures?
We’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately not. Although, Aston Martin vice president and chief marketing officer Simon Sproule did share a couple of facts about the aircraft’s capabilities:

“The study would lead us to a craft that would be able to do London to Paris non-stop in about an hour. As the crow flies that’s about 200-250 miles, at a speed of about 200mph. Birmingham to London could be done in half an hour.”

To conclude, we could definitely expect the Vision Volante Concept to be featured in a Bond film when it is finally released.

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