The PAL-V Freedom, the world’s first production flying car, can now be ordered, after having made its public debut at the Geneva motor show, about a year before the first examples to arrive on the streets (and in heaven).
Dutch manufacturer PAL-V claims the right to Freedom is fully compatible with the legislation in force and says it represents a â€œfundamental moment in the aviation sector and mobility history.â€
The flying machine, it launched the Freedom of the Pioneer Edition, which is priced from Â£ 499,000 (about Â£445,500) before taxes. This price includes power, heating, customization options, and some flight instruction sessions.
Only 90 examples will be sold, with about half of them headed towards Europe. After delivery, the PAL-V will start the delivery of the Sport model, which is priced from â‚¬299,000 (approx Â£254,000) before taxes.
The Sport does not have the same level of customization available as the Pioneer Edition, but still with flying lessons, while the options include the heating and the carbon fiber details.
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Freedom is a three-wheel layout and folding rotor blades on the roof. It’s actually an autogyro aircraft with two engines. Engine, the Rotax-based dual-propulsion transmission includes a motor for driving and one for flying. A without motor, large rotor on top creates lift, while a motor blade rear provides the thrust.
The PAL-V has a low suspension and a tilt of the two people in the cab.
To convert the car from driving mode to flight mode, or vice versa, takes about 5-10 minutes, depending on the PAL-V. on The rotor shaft opens automatically, but the driver should pull off the tail section, pull out the two blades of the rotor and remove the propeller ready to fly.
You will also need a license to fly, of course, and you can simply take off and land anywhere; the PAL-V says that Freedom requires take-off space of about 90-200 x 200 meters without obstacles. It is said that small airstrips, aerodomes, glider sites, ultra-light airports.
PAL-V says the noise that the Freedom creates in-flight will be comparable to a small fixed-wing aircraft â€“ â€œmuch lessâ€ of a helicopter.
The Freedom is in the drive mode, the engine has 99bhp and a maximum speed of 100 mph, with 0-62 mph sprint taking 9.0 sec. The fuel economy is a claimed 31mpg with a range of 817 miles.
In the air, the flying car can climb to a maximum altitude of 3500m, and its 197bhp that the engine flywheel can push up to a top speed of 112mph. Its range is a claimed 310 miles.
The Freedom will be assembled in the Netherlands, with the specific parts and systems manufactured by other companies that operate in different countries.
PAL-V collaborated with the Italian design agencies for the rental of cars and conducted test programs with the concepts in 2009 and 2012.
Robert Dingemanse, CEO of the company, said: “After years of hard work, beating the technique and qualification of the challenges, our team is able to create an innovative flying machine, which is compliant with current safety standards determined by regulatory bodies all over the world.”
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