Quirky trike/autogyro Pal-V Liberty to hit the streets and sky image

Flying cars have been a long fantasy of humankind – pretty much since we invented cars and airplanes – and numerous companies are trying to solve the dilemma and turn them into reality.

As a virtually virgin territory, the flying car market has numerous adepts – all well into quirkiness. For example we have here the newly launched Pal-V Liberty. The off-beat vehicle is a trike on the road but can become an autogyro when the driver/ pilot wants to take it to the skies. Pal-V is actually starting the reservation process for its flying cars – the Liberty Pioneer and Liberty Sport, with first deliveries expected for next year. When on the street, the Liberty is a pure trike – with a low suspension and the ability to lean into corners. It has a 100-horsepower (75-kilowatts) engine that can sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in about nine seconds.

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Want to reach the skies, then get to unfold the rotor in three to five minutes – before takeoff there will be a manual operation involved – unfolding the rotor blades and propeller. No wings are present as the Liberty is an autogyro – the rotor isn’t propelled, instead the rear propeller also causes the top blades to spin and provide lift, meaning like a plane it needs a runway for takeoff and landing.

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Pal-V thinks the Liberty can fly 248 miles (399 kilometers) at its takeoff max weight – put a single person inside and the range grows to 310 miles (499 km), with maximum speed at 112 mph (180 km/h) and cruising speed between 87 and 100 mph (140 to 161 km/h). The Liberty Pioneer Edition will have 90 units and each costs $599,000 – the Liberty Sport will be $399,000.