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2011 Audi Trimaran Concept
A new concept from Audi.
The Audi Trimaran is a motorboat concept developed at the company's design
studio in Munich by Stefanie Behringer from Pforzheim Technical College.
Among the features are two jet skis integrated in the yacht structure.
Officially presented by Audi, the Trimaran Concept features a design based
on the brand's values.
From the official Press Release:
It integrates two jet skis in a motorboat. The hull architecture is based
on a trimaran, consisting of a main center hull supported by two smaller
Two jet skis are stored inside pods in the outriggers. The main boat is
powered by two lightweight and efficient Audi TDI diesel engines, whereas
the jet skis are electrically-driven.
At low speeds of up to 8 knots, for example in bays or harbors, the boat
can be moved using the jet ski engines alone, which produce no emissions or
At higher speed up to 30 knots, the two diesel engines can be switched on
During this process the electric motors in the jet skis support the diesel
engines while accelerating, so that the boat is planing faster and less fuel is needed.
At the same time the diesel engines recharge the batteries in the two jet
As designer Stefanie Behringer explains, "The main advantage of multihulls
"This is due to the very slender hulls, which have less friction resistance
in the water. Furthermore multihulls have very stable driving
characteristics and lie at anchor very calmly."
The boat is 15m long and, due to its slender center hull, is only 6.40m
wide. The jet ski drive concept allows you to go even into shallow water,
because the draft is only 58 cm.
On deck there is space for 12 people, while below the boat offers four
berths. By flipping down the saloon table, another two berths can be
The boat has an athletic, elegant appearance without being too powerful or
The main proportions of the exterior follow the graceful character of a
sailing yacht, emphasized by the mesh surfaces within the outriggers and
the shape of the main hull, which narrows to the back.
The silver frame, which links the outrigger pods with the main hull,
accentuates the technical aspect of Audi and is reminiscent of the aluminum
frame structures of automotive engineering.
The jet skis follow the elegant and light appearance of the main boat.
The high side walls prevent spraying water, while the storage in the front
gives space for equipment like a snorkel, fins or shopping from the
The suspended seating bench offers excellent driving comfort.
The deck area is the place for relaxation and meeting together.
As the opposite pole of the more technical and emotional exterior, the deck
area design is based on very calm and puristic shapes, reminiscent of a
typical lounge character.
Between the two spacious seating benches, which grow out of the large sun
lounger surfaces from the back, a table can be moved out of the floor.
The huge panorama glass roof does not only shield the passengers from
headwinds, but can also work as sun protection when shaded.
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2011 Imperial Speeder HoverBike Concept
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Traffic jams could soon become a thing of the past thanks to an amateur
inventor who has built the world's first flying motorcycle in his garage.
Australian Christopher Malloy ploughed his entire life-savings into the
project which took him two and a half years to complete. His futuristic
creation - dubbed the Hoverbike - can reach an altitude of 10,000ft and
speeds of over 100mph.
Fans of the design have already compared Mr Malloy's work to the 'speeder
bikes' from the Star Wars sequel Return Of The Jedi or the hovering car
from Back To The Future.
The 32-year-old former helicopter pilot built the incredible machine in his
Sydney garage using a custom-built carbon-fiber airframe and a BMW engine.
The futuristic prototype has the potential to travel up to 92 miles or for
about 45 minutes on one tank of fuel and is expected to come with a hefty
price tag of more than £45,000.
So far the bike, which weighs 270kgs, has only been tested while tethered
to the ground to prevent it flying too high. But plans to test it's
capabilities without any restrictions are set to go-ahead soon.
Mr Malloy explained: 'I am still ground testing at the moment only because
I'm not 100 per cent sure what will happen so the straps are there to cover
the unknown. I haven't had the pleasure of flying round the countryside
'It is quite stable and doesn't want to tip over but if something unplanned
happened during testing I wouldn't want to break the prototype.
'The Hoverbike was built with safety in mind so at least three components
have to fail before you might have a serious airborne failure.
'There are also two explosive parachutes attached to the airframe and of
course the rider could choose to wear their own parachute too.
Mr Malloy is unwilling to reveal exactly how much he has spent on the
project, but claims it is costing him roughly £140 a week.
He said the basic principle was similar to that of a Chinook helicopter and
a normal motorbike.
He added: 'To lift off into a hover you just need to increase the thrust
via a throttle grip with the right hand - exactly the same as the throttle
on a motorbike.
'Flying forward involves a combination of an increase in thrust and the
deflection of air from the front control vanes by twisting the left handle
grip. You twist forward to accelerate and backwards to reverse.
'To make the bike turn left and right, all one needs to do is push the
handle bars down on the side you wish to turn just like a bicycle.
'You could lean in the appropriate direction as you would on a motorbike
but this isn't proving to be very sensitive.
'Having previous experience in a helicopter or plane would be a great help.
That said, this is a new way to fly and one would need to learn to ride the
hoverbike in much the same manner as a helicopter or riding a motorcycle.
'If you live in the USA or your country has similar civil aviation
regulations, then the hoverbike will be classed as a 'ultralite' which
means you do not need a pilot's license to fly it.'