1 Moller Skycar M400 on Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:20 pm
Type of Vehicle: Flying car
Production Status: Prototype; currently not available to the general public
Function: Flies; drives; future ride of Harrison Ford’s Blade Runner character
Maximum Speed: 375 mph (in the air)
Under the Hood: The Moller Skycar M400 is a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) car that is currently in development. It is meant to be used by anyone who is capable of driving a car, and would require no flight control know-how as the user would simply have to indicate direction and speed and the vehicle will automatically fly to its destination. The use of Wankel rotary engines rather than jet engines would mean that the M400 would eventually cost about the same as an ordinary car (although right now the early production run units will probably run you about a million bucks).
Chances of Owning One: At the moment, nil, but moving forward it seems that the Moller Skycar or one of its competitors will finally get the whole flying car thing perfected. But that said, Moller International’s vehicle has been in development for some 40 years and still hasn’t been perfected. So don’t trade in your Honda Civic just yet.