After seeing the PAL-V Liberty flying car, a Back to the future scenario in real life doesn’t seem so far off, though it is expensive!
Presented at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, this impressive aerocar is a gyroplane concept with an unfoldable rotor on the hood to handle the flying. Capable of carrying two passengers, it has a sleek Italian design and comes with a full leather interior.
The PAL-V Liberty has two engines, one for driving and one for flying, and it can convert from one mode of transportation to the other in 5 to 10 minutes.
Because it’s a gyroplane, not a helicopter, it’s easier to fly and more stable. It can also land in very small areas in the event of an engine failure or other emergencies.
The downside is that the PAL-V Liberty can’t take off vertically, so it needs some space to go from driving to flying – a strip of 20 m width and at least 90 m length.
In drive mode, the PAL-V Liberty can reach 160 km/h and has a <9 seconds top speed acceleration. The flight mode offers between 140 km/h in economic cruise and 190 km/h top speed, rising to a maximum altitude of 3500 m.
It’s certified by both EASA, FAA and complies with road safety regulations. The bad news is you’ll also obviously need a pilot license along with your regular one. Oh, and at least €299.000 for the base model, not including taxes.
Pre-orders will not open sooner than 2019 because the company still needs time to complete its certifications. To reserve a spot on the PAL-V purchase list, you’ll also need to put down a non-refundable deposit of at least €10.000.