Published on June 5th, 2014 | by Steve Hanley
For $5 Million, An Electric Car-Jet Hybrid Can Be Yours
What the world needs is a good $5 million dollar jet powered flying car. One that cruises at 550 mph and soars to 38,000 feet. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Need to be in LA by 5 but you overslept? No problem. Just grab a latte and hit the skies with your GF7 flying car.
The GF7 is the brainchild of designer Greg Brown and engineer Dave Fawcett of Napa, California. They work at Airboss Aerospace, an outfit that builds custom aircraft for people with really deep pockets. So for just a little more than 4 times the cost of a McLaren P1 Hybrid, you could own an actual GF7 of your own. Brown and Fawcett figure any flying car is outrageously expensive, so if you must have one, why not go for the whole enchilada?
The concept is a four passenger luxury car powered by an electric motor. Driving about town, it has a range of 100 miles, but an optional on board range extender engine pushes that out to several hundred miles. If you find the idea of paying for options on a $5 million dollar car troubling, perhaps you should consider something more mundane – like the Terrafugia flying car, which starts at a more pedestrian $250,000.
The 50 kW electric motor used to drive the GF7 while on the ground helps it accelerate down the runway for shorter takeoffs. While in flight. a turbine engine developing 3,500 lbs of thrust also recharges the battery. Shorter take offs and landings mean the GF7 can use smaller airports as well…you know, like the kind on a private island. In theory, the GF7 flying car is the essence of convenience and practicality.
Skeptics scoff that if you need a flying car that can drive long distances on the road, you may not fully comprehend the reason to have a flying car in the first place. They also snicker about those folding wings fitting under highway overpasses or into underground parking garages. But let them scoff and snicker as you soar overhead, sipping fine wine and snacking on caviar laden crackers.
Living well is always the best revenge!