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(Daily Star)   Flying sports car transforms from road vehicle to aircraft faster than Subby can put his James Bond tux on (possible nsfw content on page)   (dailystar.co.uk) divider line
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2020-10-29 3:45:09 PM  
I remember Mercedes Benz tried this out at the 24 Hours of LeMans a few years ago. For some reason footage isn't that easy to find.
 
2020-10-29 3:57:28 PM  
Mine also goes under water.  Once.
 
2020-10-29 4:01:07 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Mine also goes under water.  Once.


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2020-10-29 4:37:21 PM  
Le Mans Flying Cars
Youtube nkcGPf-fLV0
 
2020-10-29 5:12:44 PM  
For a Farker, that's not much of a boast.
 
2020-10-29 5:16:52 PM  
I did notice there were no specs. Top speed air and ground? fuel consumption?and any guess on cost? I will wait for an electric version.
 
2020-10-29 5:23:18 PM  
Said top speed was 124 mph. So its slower than my Camaro on the ground and its slower than a Cessna 172 in the air. I can't see the range being more than 500 miles or so if they are quoting a 500 pound useful load.
 
2020-10-29 6:23:56 PM  
All things considered, this is the first decent looking flying car I've seen. looks like a car on the ground and a plane in the air.  Every other effort I've seen was obviously one or the other.  I'd expect it to cost around half a million.  Yeah, not much range or payload and you'll probably need a pilot's license.
 
2020-10-29 9:06:12 PM  
One step closer to a live action MASK movie.

/no, not the one with Eric Stoltz
 
2020-10-29 9:25:15 PM  

cptcaveman: Said top speed was 124 mph. So its slower than my Camaro on the ground and its slower than a Cessna 172 in the air. I can't see the range being more than 500 miles or so if they are quoting a 500 pound useful load.


I went to the makers website. Too much BS on star site. It did show they are thinking making a boat version in the graphics.
 
2020-10-29 9:25:18 PM  
Good luck getting insurance. lol
 
2020-10-29 9:56:27 PM  

cptcaveman: Said top speed was 124 mph. So its slower than my Camaro on the ground and its slower than a Cessna 172 in the air. I can't see the range being more than 500 miles or so if they are quoting a 500 pound useful load.


Well, to be fair, it is faster than the average cruise speed of a C172 if 124mph is the car/plane thing's average cruise speed. Depending on factors, but through most of my training, much of the time you'd see a Cessna cruising at 95-100 knots, or 110-115mph.

Of course it's still slower and has less useful load than my C6-300, which I plan 130kts or 140mph. Also (assuming they're using FAA standard crew weight) they have a useful load around 600lbs, while the Cherokee has a useful load of 1500lbs. I'll wager the Cherokee can fly farther as well. That's also with a 300hp engine.

Oh and most airports, including many small airports, have a crew car you can use for free.
 
2020-10-29 10:33:12 PM  
So, does the driver/pilot have to have a golden gun and a dwarf henchman?
 
2020-10-30 12:52:54 AM  

inglixthemad: cptcaveman: Said top speed was 124 mph. So its slower than my Camaro on the ground and its slower than a Cessna 172 in the air. I can't see the range being more than 500 miles or so if they are quoting a 500 pound useful load.

Well, to be fair, it is faster than the average cruise speed of a C172 if 124mph is the car/plane thing's average cruise speed. Depending on factors, but through most of my training, much of the time you'd see a Cessna cruising at 95-100 knots, or 110-115mph.

Of course it's still slower and has less useful load than my C6-300, which I plan 130kts or 140mph. Also (assuming they're using FAA standard crew weight) they have a useful load around 600lbs, while the Cherokee has a useful load of 1500lbs. I'll wager the Cherokee can fly farther as well. That's also with a 300hp engine.

Oh and most airports, including many small airports, have a crew car you can use for free.


Keys behind the desk and please sign the log
 
2020-10-30 2:26:48 AM  
Is_This_Us

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Takeoffs are optional; landings aren't.
 
2020-10-30 2:34:54 AM  
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Cat-like driving detected.
 
2020-10-30 8:55:59 PM  
I could probably put my tux on faster than that, but only if I use a cheater pre-tied bow tie instead of the hand-tied kind (which usually takes me longer than the rest of the tux parts combined.)

But Fark, Yeah, Flying Car!
 
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