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.
Happier Camper HC1
We all love vintage pull trailers and the Happier Camper HC1 has put a big smile on our face. Originally designed for off-grid use, the camper is solar-powered and features a rounded retro shell that reminds us of the two-tone VW vans. Changing up the interior is easy with the companies innovative 'Adaptiv' technology. This is a modular system that lets owners swap out furniture components and create high varietal and person living spaces. The system lets you go from a five-person bedroom to a kitchen in just a matter of minutes. Designed for off-grid use, this solar-powered camper features an adorable round-edged vintage shell reminiscent of the two-tone VW vans. Reconfiguring the tiny camper interior is a snap with “Adaptiv,” a modular system that allows users to swap out furniture components and create a variety of living spaces—from a five-person bedroom to a kitchen—in a matter of minutes. Truly a fun camper that can all be tailored to suit your needs.