The World's First Bio-fuelled Flying Car
For many, a flying car is just a dream. For the Parajet Skycar Expedition Team it is now a reality. We have built the world’s first bio fuelled flying car; a machine that can drive like a car and fly like an aeroplane; capable of beating congestion for the commuter or providing a low cost and practical method of reaching remote regions. On 14th January 2009 the team will embark on an incredible maiden voyage from London to Tombouctou, across the Sahara desert.
The Parajet Skycar is the first, two seater, high performance, road legal, bio-fuelled flying car; capable of providing rally car performance on and off road, and light aircraft performance after just a few minutes of wing preparation.
Cutting Edge Flexible Wing Technology
The seemingly impossible task of building a practical flying car has been attempted by many, but still nothing is available on the market. This is now feasible for the first time in aviation history; due to rapid advancements in flexible wing technology, thanks to wing designer Mike Campbell Jones of Paramania Powergliders.
The Parajet Skycar employs the latest technology in high speed, self stabilising, parafoil design. The car’s 'ParaWing' is so compact it can literally be folded into the boot of the car by the pilot alone. This technology offers airspeeds of up to 100mph, with precise handling performance and an increased safety factor over conventional rigid wings.
Performance and Safety
After safety checks and just three minutes of wing preparation the car can take-off from a field or airstrip in less than 200 metres. The Parajet Skycar is easier and safer to fly than any other aircraft, as it has no pitch control and therefore impossible to stall or dive. In the unlikely event of engine problems, the car would simply glide down to the nearest field or strip of sandy desert. In the event of a catastrophic wing failure, a ballistic reserve parachute would be deployed to bring the car and pilot down to earth.
In “fly mode” the car will have:
- a take-off speed of 60 kmph
- a top speed of 110 kmph
- a range of 300 km.
- a cruising altitude of 2000 – 3000 ft
- a maximum altitude of 15,000 ft.
In "road mode" the car will have:
- independent 4 wheel suspension
- rear wheel drive
- acceleration from 0-100 kmph in 4.5 seconds
- a top speed of 180 kmph
- a range of 400 km.