Humans have fantasized about cars that fly through the air as fast as airplanes for decades now. While the dream may still be out of reach, this does not mean that airplanes have not inspired the creation of cars in other ways.
Interestingly, there are many cars on the road that were actually designed from or inspired by airplanes. Many of these cars are fast, sleek, and so exotic that a person might even expect them to take off from the ground at any second.
Five very obvious examples of such cars are the Lamborghini Indomable, Ferrari Fx1 RR Concept, GM EcoJet, Lamborghini Perdigón, and the Lamborghini Egoista.
The Lamborghini Indomable was modeled after the new generation stealth jet fighter F22 Raptor. It was developed, in collaboration with Lamborghini, by Daniel Chinchilla Ochoa and Alberto Fernandez Albilares at the Scuola Politecnica di Design Master.
The engine cover was made with the F22’s invisible weapons bay specifically in mind. The bay was created in a Y shape and with glass in order to mimic the F22. It also has a tail light cover that serves as a rear wing.
This design was completed in 1996 and displayed at the Geneva Auto Show. The Indomitable boasts a V12 492-horsepower engine and has no anti-lock braking system or traction control in order to make the car go even faster.
Ferrari Fx1 RR Concept
The Ferrari Fx1 RR Concept is another car that was inspired by fighter jets, and it shows. The aggressive look is very reminiscent of the F-18 Hornet.
This concept was created by Albanian designer Marin Myftiu. He attempted to give a more modern twist to a traditional design. This is why many of the design elements of the Ferrari Fx1 RR come from the Testarossa 250 prototype and is why it has such an aggressive and technologically futuristic feel.
The GM EcoJet is a concept car that was a collaboration between the late-night host Jay Leno and General Motors. This car uses a Honeywell LTS101 gas turbine, which runs on biofuel and is typically used in helicopters. This results in 650 horsepower and 583 ft-lb of torque.
It has a 4-speed automatic transmission and has two separate fuel tanks. It has a two-seater design and the body is made from a hydro-formed aluminum chassis and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer.
On the inside of the car, two LCD screens are displayed. One of them is for aircraft-inspired digital gauges, while the other is for standard navigation and other multimedia purposes.
The Lamborghini Perdigón has a design inspired by several jet fighters, including the F-117 Nighthawk, F-22 Raptor, and the Lockheed stealth ground attack aircraft. This is most easily recognized by the incredible front air intake located just below the windscreen.
This concept was created by Ondrej Jirec in his final year at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. This car was meant to be a super exotic and would be able to compete against any of the top supercars in the world.
The car is covered with angular panels reminiscent of an F-22 Raptor and gives off a very aggressive feel. In fact, the name of the car, Perdigón, means Fighting Bull. The inside of the car is just as high tech as the outside, with steering wheel holding dials at the top to show the gear the car is in, and LCD screens to display all other necessary information.
The Lamborghini Egoista was designed with an interior that looks like a jet fighter cockpit. It has one seat, and the steering wheel has to be taken off to get out of the vehicle. It features a 5.2-liter V10 engine that supplies 600 horsepower. It was shown by Lamborghini for the company’s 50th anniversary.
The lights on the Egoista closely resemble modern airplanes due to the indicators and side markers on the car. The body and the wheels of the car are made with anti-radar material to really push home the idea that this car is based on jet fighter technology.
Inspiration can come from anywhere, but certainly, airplanes have served as a creative inspiration to many designers of the most amazing cars man has ever made. The dream of flying around in a car may have yet to be realized, but in the meantime, people can still get the feel of flying a jet plane while simply driving through the streets in one of these exotic automobiles. Maybe one-day car dealerships won’t just sell cars inspired by airplanes, but cars that can fly up through the clouds with them. What a riot it’d be to take to the skies in a flying Ford F-150 modified to have a sleek, aerodynamic body style to appear more like a jet fighter.