Strange! But true. The world's first commercial road and air legal flying car is now available. It is made by Dutch vehicle manufacturer PAL-V who has revealed details of the Liberty.
Do you know about PAL-V liberty: It is a concept that first debuted in 2012 which is more expensive than 26 Ford Fiestas and costs around £ 425,000. Amazing is that it will run on both road as well as air legal.
It is equipped with two engines, one each for driving on the ground and flying in the air. These two engines are supplied by Rotax, an aircraft engine manufacturer based in Austria.
The ground vehicle is capable of producing 100 horsepower, with a fuel economy of 31 miles per gallon. Below 9 seconds it can accelerate 62 miles per hour and has a top speed of 100 miles per hour. In addition, the two-seater Liberty only weighs 1,413 pounds in dry weight, with a filled up 26.4-gallon fuel tank to add around 160 pounds.
When it is driven on the ground, the Liberty takes on the form of an enclose three-wheel vehicle which is capable of going 817 miles on a full tank, with a propeller that is packed tightly to its roof. To take flight, the Liberty's propeller and tail blades expand, transforming the vehicle into a gyrocopter.
And as a vehicle on ground, the Liberty measures 13.1 feet long and 5.4 feet high. When transformed into aerial mode, it expands to 20.1 feet long and 10.5 feet high.
According to PAL-V, the process of transitioning from a ground vehicle to an aerial one takes around 10 minutes to complete, and once in the air, the Liberty's top speed increases to 112 miles per hour and its horsepower bumps up to 200 horsepower, but at a lowered range of 310 miles on a full tank. The range, however, further drops to 248 miles when a passenger is onboard on the second seat. Maximum operating altitude, meanwhile, is at 11,480 feet.
The conversion from a car to a gyrocopter is done by the Liberty's Semi-Automatic Conversion System. And the driver, however, will need to manually unfold the vehicle's propeller, tail, and rotor blade.
For driving this car driver should have both driving as well as pilot license.
A deposit of $25,000 is required to pre order the Liberty Pioneer and for Liberty sport $10,000. And by the end of next year the flying cars are now expected to begin shipping.