Have $400,000, you can buy a flying car!
It’s a two-seater on land and in the air, with minimum allowance for luggage. Reports have the transformation time at about 10 minutes. It’s apparently a semi-automated procedure, with the extending of the propellers being the most difficult part. PAL-V has an app that will take conversion time, pre-flight inspection time and calculate what the savings would be in travel time to tell you if it is worth the flight. Smart, but let me tell you, if I have the option to fly, I am flying!
One of the problems is that you must have both your drivers and pilots license in order to operate the vehicle. I suppose it is to be expected, the vehicle is capable of flight up to 310 miles at a maximum operating altitude of 11,480 feet.
There is a bunch of technical stuff on the website (and pasted below) about the vehicle. I am sure gear heads will get a kick out of them, for us though it’s just amazing, who cares about the specs.
The price tag is a bit steep for the average Joe… $399,000 is the starting price and it would be nothing to drop another $200,000 on the Pioneer Edition, which they are only making 90 of.
Interested in ordering one? Just drop us a cheque for $50,000 and we will put one on hold for you and for us!
Really though, it looks like they want a non-refundable cheque for $10,000 for the Sport edition and $25,000 for the Pioneer model. Why non-refundable? Are they already in production? What if they don’t get all the approvals required to fly and drive? Hmmm… not sure I like that…. well there is always the waiting list, $2,500 deposit to get on it (of which $2,000 is refundable), still seems like an awfully high admin fee….
Enjoy the promo video.
Looks cool, sounds cool, and the PAL-V website makes it sound like a breeze to get licensed.
Unfortunately, unless PAL-V decides to give RPG one for a test flight, we won’t be getting our hands on one anytime soon.
Here are the full Technical Specs from the website.
DRIVE MODE EU
|Max Speed||160 km/h|
|Top speed acceleration (0-100 km/h)||<9 seconds|
|Engine power||100 hp|
|Fuel economy:||7.6 l/100km|
FLIGHT MODE EU
|Economic cruise speed||140 km/h|
|High cruise speed (90% range)||160 km/h|
|Maximum speed||180 km/h|
|Min speed for level flight||50 km/h|
|Engine power:||200 hp|
|Maximum operating altitude||3500m|
|Useful load||246 kg|
|Take-off roll (MTOW, MSL)||180m|
|Take-off distance (+ 15m obstacle clearance) (MTOW***, MSL****)||330m|
|Landing roll distance||30m|
|Fuel economy||26 l/h|
|Max Range (with ½ hour reserve fuel*, MTOW)||400 km|
|Max Range (with ½ hour reserve fuel, single person operation, MSL)||500 km|
|Max endurance (with ½ hour reserve fuel, MTOW)||4.3 hours|
* ½ hour reserve fuel is 100-150 km of fuel left for driving
*** Maximum Take-off Weight
**** Mean Sea Level
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS EU
|Mass Empty||664 kg|
|Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW)||910 kg|
|Fuel type||Euro 95, Euro 98, E10 **|
|Fuel capacity||100 l|
|Dimensions Drive-mode||4m L x 2m W x 1.7m H|
|Dimensions Flight-mode||6.1m L x 2m W x 3.2m H (Rotor diameter is 10.75m)|
|Maximum baggage load||20 kg|
** Unleaded automotive fuel, with max. 10% ethanol (E10), EN 228 specification, min RON 95 (min AKI 91)
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