Skycar - Drive and Fly

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  • Gilo Cardio, a self-taught aviation engineer, inventor and founder of British-based Project has created a two-seat flying car. 
  • The Sky car is powered by a modified 1000 cc, four cylinder, 140 hp, ethanol burning, Yamaha R.J. superbike engine with a lightweight automatic C.V.T(continuously variable transmission) gear-box. 
  • It has independent four wheel suspension and rear wheel drive. Road acceleration is 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 110 mph.
  • To convert to flight mode, the driver unfolds a profile wing from the trunk (boot) and attaches it to the rear of the car. He then flips a switch to change the transmission from road mode, which powers the wheels, to flight mode, which powers the rear fan.
  • Converting from “road mode” to “fly mode” and visa-versa takes about three minutes thanks to the flexible wing technology invented by Mike Campbell Jones, of Paramania Powergliders.
  • The fan’s thrust propels the car forward, providing lift for the wing as the car reaches a takeoff speed of 35 mph.
  • Once airborne, foot pedals move cables attached to the parabola to direct the flight path.
  • Top air speed is 100 mph altitudes of 2000 to 3000 feet. Maximum altitude is 15,000 ft. with a range of 180 miles. 
  • The Sky car is also equipped with an roof-mounted ballistic parachute for emergencies.
  • Potential buyers will require a powered parachute license, rather than a pilots license, to fly a Sky car and the British government has approved the vehicle as street legal.



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Posted On:  Saturday, 13 October, 2012 - 12:19

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