Luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin has submitted plans for an airplane qualified as a “sports car of the skies”.
The company has partnered with the manufacturer of the jet engine of Rolls-Royce and the engineering collection at Cranfield University in the futuristic project.
A concept aircraft was unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow, but the consortium hopes to have a flying version ready for the next show in two years.
The three-seat hybrid-electric vehicle will be a vertical take-off and landing.
Aston Martin, and so associated with James Bond, ruled out suggestions that it was a trick more likely to appear in 007 films that are flying commercially.
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“Custom and electric air transport is a fast developing area and we need to start to get into it,” said James Stephens, the company’s director of global government.
A number of aviation and technology companies are hoping to do of electrical energy of small aircraft and air taxi in a reality, including Airbus, the ride-sharing company Uber, and Google-backed firm called Kitty Hawk. Earlier this week, Rolls-Royce announced plans to develop a flight taxi engine, although the project with the Aston Martin is independent.
Mr. Stephens said Aston Martin wants to corner the market in the next generation of luxury flight vehicles for the rich and famous. The aircraft would be, he said, “to be a sports car for the sky”.
But it won’t be cheap. The labor guide price for which the vehicle is put in between £3-5m
“We, in the uk, have the ability to develop this,” Mr. Stephens said. “The challenge is the time, the money and regulation. But the market is going to be there in time.”‘The cutting edge’
Called the Wheel Concept of Vision, the aircraft autonomous function of the technology and be able to reach speeds of up to 200 mph.
Carl Bourne, Rolls-Royce, strategy and business development head, said that the consortium rejected plans to build a flying car. “That you would end up with a bad airplane and a bad car.”
He said that the steering Wheel could be promoted as an alternative way to escape from the urban congestion and to move quickly between the larger towns and cities.
“Unlike a private plane will be vertical lift. Unlike a helicopter, cruise, and more efficiently,” he said.
The consortium behind the Wheel also includes the aviation technology of the company Cranfield Aerospace Solutions.
Is executive director, Paul Hutton, said: “the introduction of The autonomous and electric propulsion technologies in new aircraft designs is inevitable and difficult.
But he said that these projects put the uk consortium “at the forefront of this revolution in the aerospace sector”.