It can handle road, sand, ice and even water – and won’t make a mark on the environment. The all-terrain vehicle, which has a top speed of 100km/h and works like a hovercraft, can move seamlessly between different surfaces.
Chinese designer Yuhan Zhang, aged just 21, created the spectacular car – called the Volkswagen Aqua – for a competition sponsored by the German car manufacturer. It features a shiny, sleek design with four fans and integrated airbags that inflate to make the vehicle hover.
It’s also totally environmentally friendly – its two motors are powered by a hydrogen fuel cell which boasts zero carbon emissions. One of the motors inflates a “skirt” around the vehicle to lift it off the ground, while the other drives it forward and controls the vehicle’s direction.
Mr Zhang said: “There is no better form of transport than an air cushion vehicle because it travels equally well over land, ice and water. “I hope Aqua will one day become an affordable supercar that is widely available to the general public.”
The competition asked designers to come up with a “Chinese off-road vehicle”. Aqua is based on technology that is currently available.