You could be speeding over the UK in a stunning British-made flying car by 2020, but it will cost you £1.5 million ($2 million).
The futuristic ‘NeoXCraft’ will use four high-powered fans to reach speeds of up to 210mph (320kph) and could take off from right outside your home.
If you don’t fancy flying to your destination, these fans will fold down to become wheels for land-based driving.
The NeoXCraft, which will be controlled via a computer programme, is the joint vision of Nottingham-based aviation company VRCO and the University of Derby.
Upon release, only a few people will be qualified to pilot it in the air and along Britain’s roads.
It’s hoped future models will feature autonomous software, allowing them to fly passengers around the country with no driver.
Despite the initial £1.5 million ($2 million) asking price, VRCO claims 100 people have already put down an order.
‘We are about to build the prototypes to get it to certification and that’s going to take at least 18 months,’ Daniel Hayes, CEO and co-founder of VRCO, told the Derby Telegraph.
‘If we are successful then we are hopeful of having something we can insure and sell,’ he said.
‘At that point we have orders for 100 cars and the retail price of this is around £1.5 million.
‘These will be supercars of the skies, they are luxury and high-performing.
The University of Derby’s Institute of Innovation has been involved with the project for the last year.
‘We are looking forward to working with the Institute into how to optimise the whole design and final build,’ Mr Hayes said.
When the vehicle is safely on the ground, the pilot can transform it from flight to road mode with the push of a button, according to Mike Smith, chairman and co-founder of the project.
The propeller housings, which feature wheel structures on the outside, will then tilt downwards, allowing the vehicle to drive.
The car is computer controlled, and the pilot ‘will follow a series of voice commands to drive it in the air and on the road’, Mr Smith said.
The flying car is a short-range driving vehicle but a medium-range flying vehicle, he said.
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