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GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground
- GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground (Inhabitat; June 7, 2014)
- Modified from http://www.gizmag.com/flying-jet-car/32287/
- Designer Greg Brown and engineer Dave Fawcett are finessing a design for a jet-propelled car that can reach speeds up to 550 miles in the air, but then converts into a zero-emissions electric car on the ground. Over the last few years flying cars like the Terrafugia Transistion and the Skylys have provided a realistic glimpse into the future of flying cars. The idea of a jet-propelled flying car has been missing, but the GF7 could bridge that divide if it comes to life.
- Brown and Fawcett are currently based in Napa, California where they are hoping to create a four-passenger flying car that can travel up to 1,000 miles in the air, but at the same time easily drive up to 120 miles on the ground.
- How does it work? On the ground the GF7 drives like a standard car with its four wheels and wings folded up. It can reach speeds up to 100 mph and the 50 kWh battery pack has a range that’s on par with electric vehicles at between 80-120 miles. Upon take off the wheels retract into the fuselage and the wings fold down with a wing span of 23 feet. The jet engine also recharges the battery pack during flight. Unlike the Terrafugia, the GF7 can fly at altitudes up to 38,000 feet high.
- Brown and Fawcett hope to have a flying prototype completed in four years. Unfortunately, the GF7 won’t be cheap with a price tag expected between $3-5 million. At that price the GF7 is priced about the same as other small jet aircraft, but other models can’t drive on the street like the GF7 can.
Dr. Bob put up a post covering this today as well: http://www.drboblog.com/water-fuel-flying-cars/
-- SilverThunder 20:09, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
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