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The Hover Coupe (Image: Cover Images
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The vehicle is propelled by four jet turbines, similar to ones seen on planes, and darts across the skies like a drone carrying two passengers

Ambitious car designers have unveiled a futuristic hovercraft which can fly at 342mph and is modelled on a rival to Rolls Royce.

The Hover Coupe is propelled by four jet turbines, similar to ones seen on planes, and darts across the skies like a drone carrying two passengers.

Inspired by the Tipo 8 – a luxury Italian car made in the 1920s which was seen as a rival to Rolls Royce – no date has been set for when the car could be created.

The concept is the brainchild of designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini, whose Rome-based agency released stunning images and video of the hovercraft.

The Hover Coupe (Image: Cover Images)
The hovercraft can fly at speeds up to 342mph (Image: Cover Images)
The hovercraft does not need a runway and can take-off from a static position (Image: Lazzarini Design)

In a written statement, a company spokesman said: “Inspired by the Isotta Fraschini, a full blood Italian legend, here at Lazzarini Design we played with our imagination to relaunch the brand in a futuristic way. And no wheels needed.

“The Hover Coupè maintains the soft lines, yet is powered by four turbine engine, similar to the ones in use in commercial planes, but smaller in diameter at 50cm (12 inches).

“Four jet engines are mounted on an extremely light carbon body structure. The vehicle measures 4500mm (4.5m/15ft) in length, can hover vertically, moving forward thanks to a system of specially fitted flaps.

“Similar to a drone in the manoeuvrability, the Hover Coupe could reach, hypothetically, an estimated top speed of 550km/h and it turns left and right by the release of the available air inside the turbines.”

The hovercraft, which has a width of 177in, would be lifted by electric motors to see it take off like a helicopter.

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