Dutch company taking reservations for gyrocpter-car
AFTER successful test flights, Dutch flying car developer Pal-V last week announced its taking reservations for its dual-engined Liberty three-wheel gyrocopter.
“After years of hard work, beating the technical and qualification challenges, our team succeeded in creating an innovative flying car that complies with existing safety standards, determined by regulatory bodies around the world,” said Robert Dingemanse, CEO of Pal-V, in a press statement.
The Pal-V Liberty has a Rotax engine-based dual propulsion drivetrain, with one engine driving the car on road and another to fly it.
Pal-V gives the Liberty’s 100 HP a top speed as 160 km/h on the road, and respectable ninc seconds over the 0-100 km sprint. Fuel economy is rated at 7,6 l/100 km for a range of 1 315 km.
In drive mode, the propeller is hidden away inside the vehicle’s body while the blades fold into slots on the roof. To fly the Pal-V, a button unfolds the rotor mast, but the driver/pilot has to manually pull out the tail section and unfold the two rotor blades as well as break out the prop to prepare for flight.
This allows the pilot to conduct the mandatory pre-flight inspection on the Pal-V.
In the air, the Liberty’s 200 HP flying mode engine is reported to be about as loud as a small fixed-wing airplane and gives a maximum speed of 180 km/h, an economic cruise speed of 140 km/h or a high cruise speed of 160 km/h. Maximum altitude is of 3 500 metres.
The Liberty fits into a standard four-metre garage and is lower and than most cars at only 1,7 m high in drive mode. The vehicle is two metres wide regardless of mode, and the unfolded rotor diameter is 10,75 metres. It has an empty weight of about half of most small hatches — 664 kg.
The are two versions of the Liberty on offer, both of which can land on a grass strip.
The Pioneer Edition can be personalised and sells for €499 000, or R6,9 million, which is less than a Lamborghini Aventador costs.
The standard Sport model costs less, at €299 000/or R4,1 million, again less than a Lambo Huracan Spyder costs in SA. Buyers will, however, have to wait a little longer for delivery of the flying car than for either of the Lambos, as Pal-V warns it will only start making preproduction units later this year, with road and air-certified models set for delivery to customers by the end of 2018. Asprising owners can use the time to get a private pilot’s licence.
Pal-V is now taking reservations for its Liberty three-wheel gyrocopter car.