Paris Match. How did the idea to create TheArsenale come about?
Patrice Meignan. I had the chance to cross paths with Elon Musk. Its debut was at the Detroit Auto Show in 2002. He was hanging a banner on his stand and we started talking. We met again in 2015, within the scope of the report I prepared for Intersection magazine. The interview was supposed to last fifteen minutes, I stayed for two hours before they took me to lunch at Bubba Gump, a famous San Francisco restaurant. I was fascinated by his “Noah wanting to save the planet with his Tesla” aspect. The Arsenal concept was born that day.
What can we find in your concept stores?
I call these “mobility hubs”; The places you come to discover the future of mobility are avant-garde, elitist objects, often designed by genius creators who had the right idea but didn’t know how to do it. TheArsenale is a federation of small brands. We are seeking financing for them and offering several wealthy clients the opportunity to purchase these unique vehicles. But the general public can also stop by for a coffee, enjoy it and chat with the founder. (Laughs.)
Devel Sixteen wingless aircraft
This hypercar, which was first introduced in prototype form at the Dubai Motor Show in 2017, is unique with its fighter jet-like design as well as its extraordinary performance. Equipped with a 12.8-liter V16 engine equipped with quad turbos, the Devel Sixteen has more than 5,000 horsepower and a top speed of… 563 km/h! From 2 million euros.
The name refers to the Venetian arsenal, which was considered the most ahead of its time shipyard and was frequented by the explorer Marco Polo in the 14th century.
Are you getting clients who are “different from the rest”?
Fully loaded. (Laughs.) Our Miami store is regularly visited by Donald Trump’s daughter. One day, I saw a row of black Cadillac Escalades, windows fogged, parked out front, and men with headphones getting out. They were accompanying the former president. He very casually asked me if he would come to visit the best store in the United States. I replied: “No sir, it is the best store in the world, but it is an American store.” He laughed…
MoonBikes is the first electric snowmobile
Crossing a perfect snow cover in perfect silence is what this minimalist designed machine offers, and at its peak it can exceed 40 km/h. Equipped with a 3 kW motor, front ski and crawler transmission, MoonBikes have not been tested on the Moon, but if you want… Prices start from 12,000 euros.
What are TheArsenale’s future expectations?
The international mobility authority, as I call it, will open a fourth store in Neom, Saudi Arabia, in 2024, followed by a fourth store in the Exumas Islands, Bahamas in 2025. However, as a resident of Nice, France tells me that I am lost and I am considering opening a place there in the future.
When your goal is to discover dream machines, do you have one yourself?
My dream vehicle is my company, where I can jump from a supercar to an electric snowmobile or from a mini submarine to a drone taxi. And this is all over the world.
Bellwether eVTOL, the taxi drone of tomorrow
Bellwether Industries, a London-based urban mobility company, has developed this vertical take-off flying object the size of a large SUV. Thanks to its 100% electric drive mode and a cruising speed flirting with 140 km/h, this taxi of the future can transport passengers from London’s Heathrow airport to the Canary Wharf business district in just eight minutes; This journey usually takes a few minutes. over an hour by car. Prices starting from €500,000.