Concorde, the last supersonic commercial carrier, was powered by four Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593 turbojets and completed the popular route in a record two hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds. It was seen as the ultimate development in aviation and enabled business trips to be condensed into a matter of days – even, controversially, hours – before the rise of web chat technology.
Concorde’s rule of the skies came to an end after many decades of operation when it was decommissioned in 2003, which contributed to a lack of demand due to rising costs; and the tragic case of the fatal July 2000 crash.
The Hyper Sting design dwarfs Concorde, measuring 328 feet – over 100 feet longer than the popular Boeing 747-400 currently used by many airlines around the world. With a wingspan of 169 feet, it would no doubt be a force to be reckoned with on the runways of Heathrow and beyond as it shuttles up to 170 passengers around.
While Oscar’s designs are currently theoretical, he explains that long-haul flight times are undoubtedly set to shorten as new advances in aviation technology enter the commercial market. Such innovative technology is currently reserved for the military – the now-retired North American X-15 reached a mind-blowing speed of 4,520 miles per hour (Mach 6.7) over half a century ago.
While the Barcelona-based designer believes the concept is a vision of the not-too-distant future, there are questions about the production costs required to create such a jet, something that ultimately led to the downfall of Concorde.
Oscar’s vision is the latest in a string of unique aviation designs – just recently, a concept for a flying hotel that never lands went viral, thanks to Hashem Al-Ghaili’s reimagining of Tony Holmsten’s concept.
Where the future of air travel will take us in a climate-conscious, time-poor world is yet to be seen – but we’re sure there are lots more reimaginings of the way we currently travel yet to come.
You can see more of Oscar Viñals’ futuristic designs on his portfolio here.