Gryphon: Airborne lifestyle concept | UID Degree Show 2014
Many of us designers at Volvo Cars have been studying at the awesome Umeå Institute of Design in the city of Umeå in northern Sweden. One of our previous interns Erik Evers here at Volvo just finished his master in transportation design at that very school and we just wanted to show you his project. because it’s just awesome:
"The result of this degree work is a twin rotor aircraft called the Gryphon. The rotors are partly covered to provide protection both visually and functionally. The idea is also that the rings would provide better aerodynamics by stopping vortex rings to appear in a hover and create a larger lifting surface in forward flight.
The Gryphon is semi autonomous and offers seamless control to the pilot through a brain machine interface together with controls in the pilot armrests. The spine shape that intersects the center of the fuselage goes down through the cockpit and forms the antenna over the pilots head, the spine shape houses sensors and also acts as a directionally stabilizing aerodynamic element.
The ultimate goal was to achieve a vehicle design where the design concept and the technical concept were seamlessly interwoven and mutually supportive, a design without compromise!”
We want to congratulate Erik to a well made project, please check out the Gryphon and the other degree works here.