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World's Largest Flying Car Archive (Part 3 of 3)

A flying car or roadable aircraft is a type of vehicle that can function as both a personal car and an aircraft. The term "flying car" is also sometimes used to include hovercars.


Many prototypes have been built since the early 20th century, using a variety of flight technologies. Although VTOL projects are increasing, most have been designed to take off and land conventionally using a runway. None has yet been built in more than a handful of numbers.


Flying cars are also a popular theme in fantasy and science fiction stories. Futurologists often predict their appearance, and many concept designs have been promoted. But their failure to become a practical reality has led to the catchphrase "Where's my flying car?" as a paradigm for the failure of predicted technologies to appear. For the sake of this article, Story Cars will cover the flying concepts, projects, and prototypes of the 20th and 21st centuries.


Part 3 of 3 includes every 2000 - current flying car known to the internet and eBooks. Comment below if any are missing from the archive.


 

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3

2000s Aerocar 2000

2000s SkyRider X2R

2000s Urban Aeronautics X-Hawk

2005 Monster Garage "Red Baron"

2006 Terrafugia Transition

2008 I-TEC Maverick

2009 Parajet Skycar

2009 Butterfly Super Sky Cycle

2011 Scaled Composites Model 367 BiPod

2012 PAL-V Liberty

AeroMobil Roadable Aircrafts

2018 Audi Pop.Up Next

2021 Klein Vision AirCar

2021 Plane Driven PD-1

 

2000s Aerocar 2000

The Aerocar 2000 was a proposed flying car under development in the early 2000s in the United States. The Aerocar 2000 was designed by Ed Sweeney, who was inspired by Moulton Taylor's Aerocar of the 1950s (and is the owner of the only still-flying example of this vehicle). The Aerocar 2000 consisted of removable wings, tail, and powerplant "flight module" added to a modified Lotus Elise roadster.


In conception, this was far closer to the AVE Mizar of the early 1970s than Taylor's designs, the vehicle portions of which were purpose-designed and built. Another difference with the original Aerocar (and similarity to the Mizar) is that the flight module is not designed to be taken away from the airfield. Finally, while the Aerocar used one engine to drive both the road wheels and the propeller, the Aerocar 2000 (again like the Mizar) uses two separate engines. In the Aerocar 2000's case, the flight engine is a twin-turbocharged V-8 motor from a Lotus Esprit. A far lighter three-cylinder engine and gearbox from a Chevrolet Sprint are to be installed in the road module to power the vehicle on the ground.

 

2000s SkyRider X2R

The SkyRider X2R is a flying car design developed by Macro Industries. The SkyRider incorporates rigid, lightweight composites for reduced structural weight. It utilizes four-ducted fans with wings to generate lift and maintain flight and uses control systems and onboard computers to generate a travel path to reach a destination given by voice commands.


While still in the prototype phase, the SkyRider is estimated to cost between $500,000 to $1 million, although the price is expected to drop to $50,000 if it reaches mass production. In the early 2000s, Macro Industries planned but failed to have an operational prototype by 2005. In 2010, Macro Industries designed and proposed a militarized version of its SkyRider for the DARPA Transformer program. This has not been built as of July 2017.

 

2000s Urban Aeronautics X-Hawk