Advanced transforming machines are a reality thanks to the ground breaking work of engineers and scientists worldwide.
1. Mercedes-Benz IAA
The Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Aero-dynamic Automobile is a transformer concept Michael Bay would be proud of. When it hits 80 kilometres per hour, this extraordinary 4-door coupe changes from design mode to aero-dynamic mode during which the car’s physical shape actually transforms. The car’s length extends by an extra 390 millimetres, front flaps stretch-out to enhance air-flow amongst other awesome surprises.
2. Terrafugia TF-X
This ground vehicle can seat up to 4 passengers. It has the ability to change into a helicopter capable of achieving high speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. This remarkable land and air craft is still about 8 to 12 years away from becoming a reality though. Once available for purchase, buyers can expect pricing to be consistent with first-class luxury cars.
3. Gibbs Phibian
This 30-foot long, land and sea aquatic vehicle had its maiden voyage in 2012. Designed and built by Gibbs, the New Zealand firm, the truck moves up to 30 miles per hour (in both water and on land) and can carry up to 15 people. Once it hits the water, it transforms into aquatic mode at the push of a button in under 10 seconds.
4. WaterCar Panther
Fitted with retractable wheels, the off-road amphibious Panther from Californian company WaterCar switches into a boat in less than 15 seconds by simple killing the transmission and turning on the jet-engine. This incredible car travels at 80 miles per hour on road and up to 44 miles per hour on water. The Panther is already on the market.
Charles Bombardier, the Canadian inventor and engineer’s Odysée concept is inspired by Tesla’s Model S. If this unique aquatic vehicle ever becomes a reality it may be able to travel up to 100-feet below the sea surface. An underwater cabin would safeguard the occupants using pressurised rubber doors. Wings on both sides would push it forward underwater while horizontal fins would aid its vertical movements. As for the wheels, electronically triggered covers would wrap around them acting as shields when the car makes water contact.
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