This Hyundai dune buggy concept also turns into a watercraft

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There were many amazing and strange vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show this year, but I think I found the one I love the most: this dune buggy / Jet Ski mashup from Hyundai.
Designed in partnership with the Istituto Europeo di Design, the Hyundai Kite is a fully electric quad bike that can also function as a jet ski. It is a true design concept, which means that there are no real specifications, but the general idea is that there is an electric motor on each wheel that feeds the performance of the total traction on land and a water turbine that takes control once that you are outside in a lake or ocean
Exactly how entry and exit work is not entirely clear, and there is no plan to put it into production, but as far as personal vehicles are concerned, this is the kind of idea I can get. It has the outdoor freedom of an ATV with the added value of being able to drive it to a dock to go to donuts in a lake. Apart from a flight mode, what more could you want?

The Kite is the kind of thing that you build with your Lego when you were a child, knowing very well that vehicles like this do not exist and at the same time you believe in your heart that one day you can drive something like that. Best of all, it seems that the fact that this can be conducted in the water has not completely ruined the aesthetics of its terrestrial form. There has always been something fascinating about cars that can function as boats, but special vehicles like that usually come with the commitment to look like a low-rent Transformer. This concept of Hyundai manages to provoke the idea without doing the same.
Maybe it's because the (typically) smaller and more adaptable electrical technology allows a smarter design, or maybe it's just because the students thought of a great idea and Hyundai allowed them to run with it because they probably will not put it into production. Either way, it's one of the few really fun ideas to get out of Geneva that does not have a price tag per million, and it has nothing to do with terms like VTOL or Level 5. I can not tell you how grateful I am for that.


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