Perhaps the most unusual exhibition at Stuttgart CMT 2019 was the Skydancer Apéro engine, which is said to have become the first vehicle of its kind. However, five years ago, Pole Peter Kubinski had already displayed an ideologically similar car, but it was just a test balloon. Now the open road is ready for production.
The first prototype
Peter built his first car with a total weight of 7.5 tonnes of Mercedes-Benz Atego trucks on the chassis. To embody an unusual commitment – to travel in a mobile home with an open roof – had to work hard. First, move the controls to the "upper deck" by joining the driver's seat with the platform for three more passengers, above which a movable roof was mounted.
After the first demonstration, the author went on a long journey across Europe, halting various camp sites and collecting views on the potential market for such cars. And on the way, he began creating European and American patents for motorhome cabriolet. By the way, Peter registered his company Skydancer in Cologne: he found it much easier to legalize a German car in Europe.
The current Skydancer Apéro Motorhome is a design that has been enhanced to reflect the first prototype's operational experience. It is built on the Fiat Ducato Maxi chassis with a 150 horsepower diesel engine and has a total weight of 3.5 tonnes (3080 kg). The machine is seven meters long and has a height of 3.05 meters.
The control was also placed on the top deck with four seats: for better visibility, an additional window was placed on the front wall of the cab. The sliding electric roof and long side windows provide great panoramic views. Swivel chairs and a pull-out table allow you to arrange in the fresh air, and in good weather, you can extend the double bed in 200 mm length and 125 mm width in a few minutes.
Another bed (size 200×140 mm) is the stern of the closed part. Interestingly, it is necessary to climb the telescopic ladder: just below the bed there is a "garage" for scooters, bicycles and other accessories. This compartment is separated by a sliding compartment from an economic zone that includes a 145-liter refrigerator, a two-burner gas stove, a toilet and a sink with tap. There is a gas heater in the car, although the manufacturer recommends using a camping cab only in the warm season.
So far, Skydancer Apéro exists in a single copy: the exhibition is estimated at 128520 euros. However, the company claims that the car is certified in Europe and offers orders. Along the way, Peter began to look for American dealers by offering another model under US law. By the way, the Mercedes Atego convertible prototype is on sale: for a car with a mileage of 205 thousand kilometers, Peter Kubinsky asks for 59 thousand euros.