Flying Car Concepts Over The Years
The concept of having a car that can also fly has been just that for many years: a concept. The journey to create a car that also flies in the sky has been a difficult one - become a running joke in certain design circles. The problem is that modern technology isn't advanced enough to match the futuristic visions designers come up with. There are a few prototypes that work fine in the air, but are cumbersome and difficult to maneuver on the street, and others that rely on technology which hasn't been invented yet. Here's a look at some flying car concepts over the years, see if there's any you would green light for production.
Moller Skycar M400
California is known for being a technologically advanced state when it comes to aerospace endeavors, and the California based company Moller is a testament to that. The M400 Skycar hovers to prepare for flight, then takes off to speeds of 360mph.
Frank Skroback Flying Car Concept
This Frank Skroback invention is said to be the oldest "flying car" design. It was designed and developed in 1953 by Frank. He was a pioneer and visionary, being one of the first people to reach for the skies from the comfort of his own car.
The Taylor Aerocar is referred to as an American roadable aircraft, and was designed in 1949 by Moulton Taylor. The Aerocar used folding wings that could be switched into flight mode by one person in five minutes, similar to putting the top down on a convertible.
Yee Flying Car Concept
Students from the South China University of Technology have envisioned a distinctly futuristic flying car. When in land mode, the car looks like it would be ready for production in 2030, and when in air mode; it looks like a pissed off Praying Mantis. Can't wait to fly over traffic jams in this vehicle.
Apetera Flying Car Concept
The Apetera comes from the desire to never be stuck in a traffic jam again, and to drive something clean for the environment. Their whole idea is to create a car that works with wind, rather than against it, and reduce drag to be more like a bird gliding through the wind.
Audi Shark Concept
Kazim Doku designed the Audi Shark concept car, and its definitely one of the sleekest looking prototypes around. The Shark looks more like a prototype for a submarine; which hopefully will work out for Audi if they can't get the Shark to fly.
Ambi-Budd Werke 1932 Flying Car Concept
Kite Concept Car
There are three distinct ways the Kite concept car works. The first method utilizes an electric motor in each of the three tires; the second method utilizes the car as a windsurfer would with its wings set upright; and the third method allows the driver to detach the board from body that works as a propeller.
Hammerhead Flying Car Concept
The Hammerhead prototype is designed by Jeff Allen Case, and it looks just like its name: a hammerhead shark. The Hammerhead has a three-fan configuration with two forward fans that tilt for lift and thrust. This baby will reach speeds of 250 mph at 8,000 ft, achieve a range of 300 miles, and takes off and lands vertically.
Terrafugia Flying Car
Terrafugia is a Massachusettes-based flying car company, and looks like it may have the prototype that is closest to production. The company recently announced it was getting closer and closer to making the flying car a reality, with production possibly starting over the next few months. Exciting times.