Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Flying Car/Motorcycle...?

The Switchblade by Samson Motorworks gives a sneak peak of transportation of the future. The Ferrari-inspired vehicle is road legal and equipped with retractable wings for your daily flying adventures... Ready to be flight tested in the 3Q of 2010, prices are targeted to be at $60K.
Side-by-side seating, more range, less weight, slower landing speed, room for golf clubs, and a wide cabin. The Switchblade has it all! 
Preliminary Specifications:



  • Estimated GTOW = 1500 LB (Gross Take-off Weight)



  •  LENGTH = 15’- 6”



  •  WIDTH = 5’- 6”



  •  HEIGHT = 5’-1”



  •  SEATS = 2 (side by side)



  •  SPEED = 90+ mph on wheels – 150 mph cruise flying



  •  RANGE = 880 miles ground, 340 miles air



  •  MPG = Estimated 50 mpg ground, 22 mpg air



  •  WINGSPAN = 23’ – 5” main.



  •  WING LOADING = 20 psf



  •  ENGINE = 150 hp Freedom Motor twin rotor (or applicable motorcycle engine)



  •  ESTIMATED TBO = 2000 hours (Time Between Major Overhauls)



  •  FUEL = regular unleaded automobile gasoline (any fuel capable - freedom motor)



  •  FUEL CAPACITY = 16 gallons including reserve



  •  STALL SPEED = 66 mph  (with flaps extended)


  • STANDARD FEATURES = Driver adjustable seat, continuously variable transmission (cvt) with forward, neutral, reverse, and flight mode, leather interior, safety glass front windshield, lexan side windows, heating & air conditioning, mp3 player, seat belt / safety harness, front and rear disc brakes, video rear view monitor, glass cockpit, extendable wings, dual ground/air lighting system, redundant ignition system, redundant battery system, Navigation radio, ELT (emergency location transmitter), back-up air speed, altimeter and attitude, ballistic chute recovery system, turn by turn ground GPS.


    via samsonmotorworks

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