Volkswagen Aqua Concept: The Future of Off-Road Travel
For most of us, the thought of off-roading might involve getting our cars a little dirtier than we'd like. But monster 4x4s, aggressive Jeeps, tumbling over rocks and fording through rivers can be a beautiful thing. What about something a little less hard-knock though? Maybe something with a bit more technology to boast, yet the same type of off-road capabilities the outdoorsy types all desire. The Volkswagen Aqua Concept by designer Yuhan Zhang then, is just such a vehicle- an off-road concept for the modern world.
Officially dubbed by Zhang a, "Chinese off-road vehicle," the Aqua can propel itself over a variety of both wet and dry lands. Like a modern-day hovercraft, the concept is powered via high-pressure air forced under the craft, lifting it above any terrain it might come across. Four propellers (two in the rear, two on each side), control the craft and at the heart of it all, sits an electric drivetrain powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. With zero emissions, it truly makes for one green machine.
While all this technology is currently available in one form or another, it has never been brought together quite like it has in the Aqua concept. If anyone could do it though (as we've seen with the XL1), Volkswagen is your automaker. PHOTOS: See more of the 2011 Volkswagen Aqua Concept