Concept: rolling hovering super sportcoupé (aoc 2089)
My concept is a future vehicle with integrated wheels in the body. They are fixed in a movable ball bearing that can be rotated 90 degrees to activate the hover mode. The car is rolling on narrow wheels to reduce the friction.
In 2089 there will be built special roads with super flat and smooth surfaces which allow these vehicles to drive with very high speeds. In the case you want to leave those roads you can activate the hover mode. Therefor 4 supportive engines under the car lift it up so that the 4 mainengines can be rotated and activated in the air. After that action the supportive engines will be deactivated. The disadvantage of hovering is the higher consumption of energy. When rolling on the optimized roads the vehicle has a range of around 4000 kilometers. While hovering the vehicle has a range of only 800-1000 kilometers.
Because of the fixed wheels in the body you have no physical suspension. To compensate shocks the cockpit has been placed in a special fluid. This gel fluid absorbs normal shocks. But if you drive on classic roads this dampersystem decreases the max speed dramatically.
Another feature becomes the cockpit itself. You don’t look through a windshield but a concave surface in front of the “pilot”. In front of the vehicle a small camera is mounted. This camera projects the front view on the concave display.
On that display you can change the field of view as well. Just to increase the speed feeling, when 500 km/h are not enough . The advantage is what you see. You have a free view without an interfering dashboard or other panels. You can see the entire road and with the higher FOV more environment. Pretty save I think .
I’ve tested first designs in 3dsmax and I think this is the direction I’m going to go. The passenger cab is still missing.