2011 Volkswagen Aqua Concept by Yuhan Zhang

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Aqua is a shortlisted work in the CDN Car Design Awards China, based on the customized subject “Chinese off-road vehicle” by Volkswagen.

The Aqua offers an insight of futuristic vehicle powered by hydrogen and propelled by impeller.

The inspiration: China has a wide landform range of wetland. There is no better transport than Air Cushion Vehicle which is unique among all other forms of ground transportation in its ability to travel equally well over land, ice, and water. Since the Air Cushion Vehicle is lifted by forcing high-pressure air under the craft, it is a genuine All Terrain Vehicle cos’ the air causing it to rise above the surface. Based on the future technology of air cushion, Aqua is capable of travelling anywhere with a certain adjustable ground clearance.

Aqua is function with several engines, the main one drives the fan (or impeller) under the chasis, which is responsible for lifting the vehicle by forcing high pressure air under the craft. The air inflates the "skirt" under the vehicle, causing it to rise above the surface. Additional engines provide thrust in order to propel the craft.

Aqua interprets the philosophy of Volkswagen Design with no single parting-line and laconic appearance. The door (hatch) locates on the back of Aqua. It features an electric drive train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell with no pollutant emissions.

Source: Yuhan Zhang

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