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.
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.
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.