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Subramaniam Ferrari Impulse (concept design)

Narayan Subramaniam Ferrari Impulse passenger eVTOL helicopter modual concept design vehicle

 

Ferrari Impulse (concept design)
Narayan Subramaniam
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
www.coroflot.com/frozencreations

Narayan Subramaniam is an award winning computer graphics designer based in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Subramaniam is proficient in concept generation, sketching, 3D modeling, prototyping, industrial design, automobile design and design futures (concept designs for the future). He has designed automobiles, motorcycles and even clothing. In 2014, Subramaniam created a modular passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) helicopter concept design for advanced air mobility (AAM). (Image credit: Narayan Subramaniam)

Ferrari Impulse modular passenger eVTOL helicopter, watercraft, snow mobile concept design vehicle
The Ferrari Impulse is a sleek and very futuristic modular vehicle that can be used as a helicopter or converted to a watercraft or converted to a snowmobile. The controls and cabin interior are standard for each vehicle. Subramaniam decided to create a futuristic fluid aerodynamic modular multipurpose vehicle using the iconic Ferrari name that is visually stunning, has a strong fuselage and is very light weight.

Ferrari Impulse two passenger eVTOL helicopter modual concept design vehicle

Ferrari Impulse two passenger eVTOL helicopter modual concept design vehicle

Ferrari Impulse passenger eVTOL helicopter concept design
The Ferrari Impulse is a modular passenger eVTOL helicopter concept design that holds a pilot and copilot. The helicopter is made from carbon fiber composite material to for a high-strength fuselage and high-strength landing gear that has a low weight. The front of the sleek fuselage connects with the front of the fixed skid landing gear then fuselage curves backwards to a curved thin stylized triangular tail.

The helicopter has a standard main rotorblade configuration and has the option to use a shrouded tail rotor or one can use a forced-air no-tail rotor system. The forced-air no-tail rotor is a safer helicopter design because no one could ever be hurt in the rear of the helicopter while the helicopter is on the ground with the rotorblade turning. There is a second helicopter configuration that uses two side-by-side propellers above the cabin and there is the option of using a shrouded tail rotor or one can use a forced-air no-tail rotor system.

The forced-air no-tail rotor concept design system is based on the mechanics of the popular household Dyson fan. By using the Dyson fan mechanics to blow air, the no-tail rotor system can be stylized in a futuristic shape, such as an elongated triangle as Subramaniam designed it. The air in the tail can be blown in either direction providing left or right yaw movement and keeping the helicopter flying in a straight line.

The fixed skid landing gear is wider than most helicopter skids, are strengthen with extra material and have heavy-duty shock absorbers to help spread any downward force that would happen with a hard landing. There is also a rear landing support strut in case the helicopter tilts backwards too far when landing or when taking off. There is also built-in radar and 3D mapping installed in the rear landing strut.

Ferrari Impulse passenger hydrofoil watercraft concept design
The Ferrari Impulse hydrofoil watercraft is a two passenger modular concept design boat. The boat is powered by battery packs. The main fuselage is the same as the helicopter but the rotorblades (or propellers), tail rotor (or no-tail rotor system is removed), the forward main landing skids and the third landing strut are removed. These are replaced with a forward main lifting foil with dihedral wing tips, the aft tail that includes an aft flat stabilizing foil. The watercraft is a fully submerged hydrofoil boat. There are also air vertical stabilizers (or air rudders) and an air horizontal stabilizer in the aft tail of the now, watercraft. The Ferrari Impulse hydrofoil watercraft is powered by one rear propeller located in middle of the aft flat stabilizing foil.

Ferrari Impulse passenger snowmobile concept design
The Ferrari Impulse is a two passenger snowmobile modular concept design vehicle. The snowmobile is powered by battery packs. The main fuselage is the same as the helicopter but the rotorblades (or propellers), tail rotor (or no-tail rotor system is removed) and the third landing strut are removed. The front landing skids are kept on the vehicle and used for the snowmobile skis. The real tail is removed and a rear tail is added with a snowmobile tread for traction in the snow.

Interior Cabin
The interior of the helicopter is the same interior that is in the watercraft and snowmobile. The vehicle has a front windshield and the sides of the cabin have transparent doors providing excellent views for the pilots. The seating is made from memory polymers and will adjust its form according to your body dimensions.

The pilot and copilot wear a harness that is a wearable seat belt and life vest. The adaptive interior evolves according to your flight patterns. This wearable vest docks with the seat and constantly communicates between you and the vehicle. The vest connects the pilots to the vehicle through the node in the seat called a synapse. The vest receives vehicle data as well as the pilot's vital statistics. The vest tightens to the seat as you accelerate and loosens as you slow down. With this type of seat belt system, the force is evenly distributed across the back of the person. The vest is part of an intelligent on-board system that constantly evolves with the pilot. The pilots wear this intelligent vest inside and outside the vehicle. When you step outside the helicopter either on land, water or snow, the vest doubles as a survival suit and contains a motion charging battery pack, inflatable flotation pockets, location signal transmitter and back up emergency flares.

When there is no pilot near the aircraft, the seats are in their relaxed form. When a pilot approaches the vehicle, the seats form to the pilot's own ergonomic form. The seat frames are made from titanium alloy and the top of the seat is a roll bar to protect the pilot's head in case of an emergency.

Ferrari Impulse two passenger electric hydrofoil watercraft modual concept design vehicle

Ferrari Impulse two passenger electric hydrofoil watercraft modual concept design vehicle

Ferrari Impulse two passenger electric snowmobile modual concept design vehicle

Ferrari Impulse two passenger electric snowmobile modual concept design vehicle

Ferrari Impulse cabin adaptive interior concept design that is used for the helicopter, hydrofoil boat and snowmobile

Ferrari Impulse cabin adaptive interior concept design that is used for the helicopter, hydrofoil boat and snowmobile

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Modular passenger electric helicopter, watercraft and snowmobile concept design vehicle
  • Piloting: 1 pilot, 1 copilot
  • Cruise speed: Unknown
  • Maximum payload weight: 600 lb
  • Propellers: 1 set of main rotorblades (or can use two side-by-side propellers)
  • Electric motors: 2 electric motors (for the main rotorblades)
  • Power source: High-density battery packs
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite modular fuselage
  • Windows: Forward window and the helicopter doors are transparent
  • Tail: 1 tail with a forced-air no-tail rotor (uses the same principle of forced air as the household Dyson floor or table fan) or can also accept a shrouded tail rotor module
  • Landing gear: Fixed skid (wider skids for increased strength) landing gear with heavy-duty shock absorbers
  • Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft.

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