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GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground

by , 06/07/14

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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.



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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.

Related: Terrafugia is Looking for Funding to Launch its Flying Car in 2016

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.

Via gizmag

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4 Comments

  1. Nicole Noel June 15, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Yea& maybe in 1016 I\\\’ll b able to afford that!!! & I\\\’ll b flying like everyone else!!!

  2. Christian Doyen June 12, 2014 at 8:31 am

    L’attend d’occasion !…VITE,vite…

  3. Pierre Ordinaire June 11, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Isn’t cheaper and easier to have a plane… and a taxi or a private car at the airport? With a range of only 80 to 100 miles an internal combustion engine would be more convenient, and vastly cheaper.

  4. Corey Ballew June 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    This is an awesome project, something similar to my lofty designs as a child for electric flying vehicle. Through my Engineering studies I have also developed some designs for a highway capable human electric hybrid vehicle and I am fundraising for a sport trike gas-electric hybrid vehicle right now. I would also love to see a project like this on my new crowdfunding platform, Ballew Fund which hosts campaigns relevant to sustainability, technology, and social impact. Commission proceeds and contributions will also help provide investments to these causes. Learn more by following us on Twitter @BallewFund and @BallewCapital or visiting us on Facebook. Let us know if you have a campaign to submit. Watch our Youtube video on the Ballew Fund campaign to learn more.

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