A team at Moller International is designing a flying car, called ‘Autovolantor’, based on a $ 319,653 Ferrari 599 GTB model, which it claims would be in the market in just two years’ time. The vehicle will have the ability to take off vertically and hover, thanks to its eight powerful thrusters which direct air down for takeoff. Vents then tilt so the car can fly forward. The vents then tilt back so the car can fly forward. The flying car is expected to be able to attain a speed of 100 mph (150 km/hr) on the ground and 150 mph (200 km/hr) in the air. It can run for 75 miles (130) in the air while on the ground it can run for 150 miles (200kms).
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Flying like the Jetsons in the sky seems to be a bit of a mania for most modern car designers. Everyone is just happy to assume that we would reach that point in future where the cars grow wings and we will fly away. Moller International seems to think that it is not the future but the present. The car designed by the company with a budget of over $5 million would soon just lift you out of traffic and fly you on to an empty piece of road. Is that real enough?
This new plane has foldable wings that make it possible to drive on the street. With a FAA and NHTSA certification, this drivable plane is a light airplane that’s street legal. At the back is a push prop, and the front canard does double duty as a wing and bumper. Its gas engine will push it over a range of 460 miles through the air. The Transition runs on gas and can go about 450 miles on a single tank, but don’t go thinking you can fly one right away. A key code is required to make the wings unfold; only a driver with a pilot’s license – or for that matter a pilot with a driver’s license- can get this key code.
Type of Vehicle: Flying car
Production Status: Prototype; currently not available to the general public
Function: Flies; drives; future ride of Harrison Ford’s Blade Runner character
Maximum Speed: 375 mph (in the air)
Under the Hood: The Moller Skycar M400 is a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) car that is currently in development. It is meant to be used by anyone who is capable of driving a car, and would require no flight control know-how as the user would simply have to indicate direction and speed and the vehicle will automatically fly to its destination. The use of Wankel rotary engines rather than jet engines would mean that the M400 would eventually cost about the same as an ordinary car (although right now the early production run units will probably run you about a million bucks).
Chances of Owning One: At the moment, nil, but moving forward it seems that the Moller Skycar or one of its competitors will finally get the whole flying car thing perfected. But that said, Moller International’s vehicle has been in development for some 40 years and still hasn’t been perfected. So don’t trade in your Honda Civic just yet.
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In a moment we’ve been waiting for since the first time we saw The Jetsons, the first flying car has finally gone on sale. Just like the car George uses to drop off the kids, the Moller M200G Volantor is shaped like a saucer. To avoid the need to pass FAA regulations, the civilian version of the Volantor is restricted to heights of 10 feet, but can travel as fast as 50mph and fly for up to 90minutes. Military or rescue versions could be unencumbered by such limitations. Depending on the number of orders, prices could be as low as $90,000. Video of the Volantor in action after the jump.