Two-seater flying car available for Brits to pre-order for £270,000December 13, 2018
The hatchback helicopter! £320,000 two-seater flying car is available for pre-order ahead of its 2020 release
- Dutch-made PAL-V switches from ‘drive mode’ to ‘helicopter mode’ in 10 minutes
- Can fly non-stop for 300 miles and drive for 800 miles before needing refueled
- It will be legal to fly and drive around the UK with just a pilot and driving licence
British motorists fed up of long daily commutes may be able to skip traffic entirely with the release of the country’s first flying car.
Pre-orders for the futuristic PAL-V – which transforms into a helicopter – are already available ahead of its 2020 release.
The petrol-powered flying car carries a hefty price tag of £320,000 ($400,000), while the limited edition comes in at £480,000 ($600,000).
The vehicle will be available in Britain, Europe and North America.
The PAL-V is a £270,000 three-wheeled compact car that transforms into a helicopter coming to the UK in 2020
Its large top rotor blade and rear propeller fold up and attach to the roof of the car when switching from ‘helicopter mode’ to ‘driving mode’
It transforms from a compact three-wheeled car into a helicopter with a large top rotor blade and rear propeller.
Its inventors boast drivers can switch from ‘driving mode’ to ‘helicopter mode’ in just 10 minutes – and can soar through the air at 112mph.
Inside, the vehicle looks like something out of a James Bond film with a futuristic control panel.
The futuristic vehicle can reach speeds of 99mph on the road and can soar through the air at 112mph
The PAL-V (pictured in ‘drive mode’) will be legal to drive and fly in the UK as it will be certified under the European Aviation Safety Agency regulations
The PAL-V will be legal to drive and fly in the UK as it will be certified under the European Aviation Safety Agency regulations, with only a pilot and driving licence required.
The vehicle, capable of reaching 99mph on land, is equipped with two petrol powered Rotax engines, which can fly non-stop for up to 300 miles.
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It can drive up to 800 miles before re-fuelling and is also equipped with a five-gear automatic gearbox operated on the steering wheel.
Drivers preparing to take off require a 330 metre take-off radius in order to get off the ground safely.
Inside, the vehicle looks like something out of a James Bond film with a futuristic control panel
The car has the capacity for two people and weighs just 664 kilograms – half the weight of a Volkswagen Golf
The car has the capacity for two people and weighs just 664 kilograms – half the weight of a Volkswagen Golf.
PAL-V International is a Dutch company and will be releasing two models of their flying vehicle.
The PAL-V Liberty Sport is the standard edition and is available to pre-order for £270,000 while the PAL-V Liberty Pioneer Edition is a limited customised edition which costs £450,000.
PAL-V International is a Dutch company and will be releasing two models of their flying vehicle
The futuristic vehicle is petrol powered, can fly non-stop for up to 300 miles and can drive up to 800 miles before re-fuelling
Beau Janou Metz, from PAL-V, said: ‘The training for a PAL-V will be almost identical to gyrocopter training.
‘You need to get your PPL (private pilot license) type rated on gyrocopter.
‘This includes theoretical and practical training. ‘The practical training takes between 30 and 40 hours before you can take the exam.
‘For individuals with a licence already, it would be shorter. ‘The PAL-V will be certified under the EASA regulations, which makes it possible to use the vehicle in all member countries.
‘The first deliveries will take place in 2020, reservations can already be made.’
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