Would you like to know what it feels like to live in a flying saucer without having to spend countless lonely nights in a cornfield hoping to be abducted? Today is your lucky day. You can get in on the round ground floor of a new flying-saucer-shaped luxury yacht designed by an Italian automobile and boat designer who claims it will not just float but fly one day. Where does the line start?
This UFO will also fly and the first delivery is expected in 2018.
Yacht designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini unveiled photographs and videos of his unidentified floating object UFO 2.0 as part of the Kickstarter fundraising campaign about to be launched to raise 1 million euros (UDS $1.1million) to build a prototype. UFO 2.0 will be built by Lazzarini’s company, Jet Capsule, which currently builds futuristic-looking enclosed jet skis called – you guessed it – Jet Capsules.
The UFO 2.0 can be used for several purposes including hotel reception, gym or a floating restaurant.
The UFO 2.0 will obviously be bigger than a jet ski and, Lazzarini promises, will fly someday. Lazzarini claims it will hold 100 people in party boat mode. As an expensive houseboat, it will have three levels – a main living area (80 sq m/860 sq ft) with a kitchen, storage cabinets and a bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower (giving new meaning to the term ‘observation deck’); a lower level (50 sq m/538 sq ft) with a glass-walled bedroom for looking out into the water (or outer space – when it flies – remember?); and a terrace/upper deck level (50 sq m/538 sq ft) for controlling the craft.
If the buyer plans to put this UFO 2.0 in the water while waiting for the flight upgrade, the outer surface (20 m/65 ft diameter) of the saucer can be used for sunbathing, jogging or for growing plants. It can travel at a maximum speed of 9 knots powered by two 80 hp electric engines that can be recharged – along with the sixteen batteries that power the inside of the UFO 2.0 – from solar panels, making the UFO 2.0 self-contained and self-sufficient – at least on water.
What about the flying part? It will fly from day one, says Lazzarini
Being 20 meters in diameter the only way to transport the structure to the delivery place will be the delivery by military cargo helicopters.
Ha-ha, very funny, Mr. Lazzarini.
It’s pretty obvious that UFO 2.0 will be floating, not flying, for a very long time. However, it is certainly a very cool concept for anyone who will be able to afford it. Pierpaolo Lazzarini, have you met Elon Musk?