Pininfarina's Most Affordable Vehicle Is a Drone

Sky Rider Drone 1 photo
Photo: Pininfarina
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s... Pininfarina’s drone. The world knows the Italians as the car design firm mostly associated with ground-braking Ferraris. Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Fiat, GM, Lancia and Maserati are just part of the list of companies who they partnered up with on numerous occasions. Well, they’ve recently unveiled what might possibly be their most affordable vehicle yet: the Sky Rider drone.
Designed in partnership with another Italian company named DeAgostini Publishing, famous for its part works series, the Sky Rider is what you’d call the premium drone or at least that is what the company wants you to see. Pininfarina has designed it with excellent maneuverability as you control if from far away, while there is also a built-in camera and GPS tracking ability.

According to their website, the new drone has a unique visual identity and its aerodynamic shape minimizes drag thanks to its elegant and beautiful lines. In specs, we’re looking at a 1,53 kg (3.37 lbs) drone sizing 40 x 36 x 24 cm (15 x 14 x 9 inches). The total cost could come to over EUR 1,500 ($1,974), but it's not yet official.

For those interested in buying one of Pininfarinas’s drones there’re a couple of details you need to know. First of all, if you’re not living in Italy you might have to wait a bit, considering the official launch will first be here. Then, you also need to know that the drone will be sold in part works, as a step-by-step, issue-by-issue, 55-installment home build. It's sort of like a Lego set, only you get the pieces in separate packages.

Whatever you decide, patience will be the last thing you’ll think about when you’ll realize you can get your hands on one of the cheapest vehicles ever to be designed by this exclusive company. And how cool is that, right? Meanwhile, you can take a look at the video below to get a first impression.

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