When the year 2000 went by without any laser guns of transporters or flying cars, I was a bit dissapointed to say the least. I mean, could TV and movies have actually lied to me about the future? Apparently not, they were just a few years off.
Moller International, the company known for always trying to make flying cars but never really making them, is at it again. This time they were contacted by a wealthy Russian businessman and asked to make a flying car out of a Ferrari 599 GTB, which is the obvious place to start. It’s called the Autovolanter and judging from the circular vents all over the place, it’s meant to be capable of vertical take offs and landings.
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It’s supposedly powered like a hybrid vehicle with both rotary and electric motors, which would be the obvious choice considering the rotary engines high power to weight ratio and the need for a flying car to be light.
Moller’s goals for the Autovolanter are a 150-mile range on the ground, with 40 of those coming from battery power alone, and 75 miles of airborne flight at high speeds. For this car to become a reality, it would need over 800 hp. I say: Not bloody likely. But good luck to them, I’d love to see it happen.