Each year at the annual Easter Jeep Safari our favorite off-roading automaker releases their concept designs for the future. This year, Jeep showed off seven new designs that range from vintage to modern. Our favorite was the 4Speed, a Wrangler-based designed that aims to pack all of their usual power and performance into a smaller, more light-weight package. Shortening the traditional Wrangler by 22 inches, the 4Speed sports a carbon fiber hood, fender flares and a carbon fiber rear tub. A raked windshield, wider door openings and a custom built cage all lead to a design that makers dubbed "aggressively swept back."
Opener BlackFly Flying Car
One part car, one part plane, the BlackFly flying car is a step towards the future promised in the Jetsons. Dubbed an electric personal aerial transportation system, the BlackFly features triple-redundant flight controls, isolated batter cells, cruise control, landing assist, vertical takeoff and landing capability and a small storage footprint that allows you to store/park anywhere. From the companies official site:
Opener's BlackFly heralds a new era of aviation. Time and money spent traveling and maintaining infrastructure will be reduced. People will go places they never thought possible.. Opener - the parent company behind BlackFly - aims to bring this to market next year with initial pricing expected to cost around the same as a standard SUV.
TetonX Adventure Trailer
You no longer need a big truck or powerful 4x4 to get your gear where it needs to be. Traditional trailers might be heavy and require tons of horsepower pull them up hills and down trails, but for the enthusiast who doesn’t happen to own an F350, the TetonX might be the perfect solution. With models starting around the ultralight 700 pound range, you could be hauling gear in a Prius. The secret is a savvy utilization of lightweight composite materials. And if you do happen to have some horsepower to spare, some of the heavier models will open you up to more storage capacity, and other custom features like a kitchenette, or roof mounting racks.