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Flying cars are making headlines across the world. A number of flying cars are being introduced in the market right now. Here we introduce top five flying cars
The tech world is making strides very fast. The days of cars that move only on road are going to be the history. Tech developers across the world are working hard to develop passenger vehicles that will move both in air and on road. Here are five notable flying cars, which can fly in the air and run on roads with the regular fuel.
Terrafugia’s Transition is a prominent roadable aircraft. The flying car was under development for last six years. Terrafugia is now about to roll out the commercial versions of the flying car. Transition has an attractive flying range of 787km and it can move up to a speed of 172 km/h. Terrafugia’s car is to have bright future since people largely admire the idea of flying cars. The two seater vehicle can go up to speed of 105 km/h on highway and it needs 1700 foot of runway for takeoff. The aircraft’s foldable wings will let owners drive it on any roads and park in any standard garage. Terrafugia’s Transition doesn’t come cheaper, however. The company will sell the aircraft cum car for a whopping price $250,000.
Parajet Skycar is an astounding flying car. It is more for adventurous missions rather than transportation. Its creator has developed the aircraft to fly over rocky terrains and deserts. Its dynamic handling facility provides it a great performance. Parajet requires a runway of 200 meters for taking off and it wants only three minutes for a transition from an aircraft to a roadable car. The maximum road speed of the flying car is 100 miles per hour and it has a flying speed of 200 miles per hour. Different from other cars, Parajet will gently glide down into the ground in case of any emergency like engine failure. It is the biggest advantage of the adventurous vehicle.
I-TEC has designed this superb I-Fly Maverick roadable aircraft. What makes the Maverick brilliant are its innovative wing deployment and its unique maneuvering capabilities. The I-Fly Maverick is a perfect vehicle for both travelling on road and flying in the air. Thanks to its special wing deployment system, the vehicle’s operation is smart and quick, indeed. The Maverick has a weight of around 1100 pounds and it features airspeed of 40 miles in an hour.
The fight can move from 0 to 60mph in mere 3.9 seconds. I-TEC sells the amazing flying car for a price around $84,000. An FAA certified parachute is the notable feature of the Maverick, which is propelled by Subaru 2.5L 190 hp engine, which is has a fuel injected and water-cooled system and works on regular gasoline.
Moller M400 Skycar
Moller International’s Moller M400 Skycar is really the first Personal Vehicle Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) vehicle. The flight can move at a maximum speed of 375 miles per hour. A single gallon of ethanol fuel will give a mileage of 20 miles for the Skycar, which is powered by four engine nacelles. Amazingly, unlike most other cars, Moller M400 Skycar can carry four passengers and it has a better size and weight. The estimated cost of the prototype model of the car is a whopping $1 million. But once it enters into the production stage, a unit’s price will possibly come down to $60,000, Moller International says. The flight is powered by four engine nacelles with each having a pair of computer controllable Rotapower engines and other advanced features for powerful performance.
DARPA’s AVX Aircraft
AVX Aircraft is DARPA’s experimental flying car. The AVX Aircraft is a brilliant four-seater flying car, which features a dual rotor and ducted fan. The AVX can fly at 10,000 feet at a maximum speed of 80mph. This way the vehicle can cover a distance of 250 miles using a single tank of fuel. The AVX has a road speed of up to 140 mph and it will take less than 60 minutes for transition from a car to aircraft and vice versa. DARPA has also designed a non-pilot edition for the concept flying car. Dual ducted fans of AVX (TX) provide propulsion for the vehicle both in air and on road. The AVX Aircraft is powered by a RRC30R/3 engine and it features an OH-58/AVX main rotor and other technologies for flying.
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